4 July 2018
Hundreds of young athletes are set to compete in the Under 16 Australian Junior Basketball Championships starting at the USC Stadium and Caloundra Indoor Stadium on Friday 6 July.
The tournament from 6-13 July is a Basketball Australia event that has, in the past, featured the likes of Ben Simmons and Patty Mills who went on to play professionally for the Philadelphia 76ers and the San Antonio Spurs respectively.
USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon said it was exciting for USC to be co-hosting the national event, which is being held on the Sunshine Coast for the first time.
“Basketball Australia had a good look at our facilities, among many others, and we’re pretty chuffed they selected us,” he said.
“This is so beneficial for USC as we’re always looking for opportunities to showcase our facilities to the high-performance sport audience.
“For the local region it will also be a shot in the arm for our tourism numbers and a good spin-off for our local economy.”
Rip City basketball club treasurer and USC academic Professor Mark Brown said the University’s air-conditioned stadium, that seats more than 1,000 spectators, had helped secure the championships.
“In the past, these events were usually held in the capital cities across Australia, so it’s a huge win for USC to host this,” he said. “We’re now well placed to host NBL level pre-season events and international events in the future.”
Professor Brown said he hoped this year’s championships would see a repeat of last year’s grand final with an all-maroon affair of Queensland South versus Queensland North.
— Michelle French.