Basketball players share $1200 grant

SIX local junior players have shared in the $1200 grant provided by the Newcastle and Hunter Youth Development Trust.

Georgie Hewitt, Obieze Moneke, Ben Slater, Sammi Cooper, Alyson Willmott and Annabel Tonks will each receive $200 to help them with their coaching future.

Annabel and Alyson co-coach the St Augustine's 5/6 Slam Dunk girls team and said: “We love seeing the faces of the young girls when they score a basket.

“Young girls often look up to teenage girls and seem to respond well to us. We hope we can coach the girls to a victory this year.”

Ben Slater is the assistant coach to the under 14 men Division 1 team with Laurie Van Loo who train on Tuesday and Sunday each week.

Ben coaches basketball simply because he loves the game and wanted to become more involved and to help others.

State league player Sammy Cooper finds time to pass on her skills and knowledge to players in the under 12 girls program while Obieze Moneke continues to work with Ray Tomlinson in our learn-to-play clinics and holiday camps.

Georgie Hewitt started coaching because her sister's team needed a coach but since taking up the job, she is really enjoying the challenge.

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