Kunawarritji and Kiwirrkurra show off their basketball skills

With round one of the Western Desert league fast approaching, Dan and Ebony set of for their last community visit before the Western Desert communities would meet in Punmu from April 6-9. With kid sport a priority, a youth basketball competition will be trialled each morning of the four day festival. Promoting the new competition, Dan and Ebony delivered basketball clinics in Kunawarritji and Kiwirrkurra communities to encourage children to travel to the festival with their families and create a community team in the new basketball competition.

On arrival in Kunawarritji a drive around the community saw all of the kids quickly running to the school grassed area for after school sport. Multisport games were a hit with goal kicking, rob the nest and dodge ball engaging all ages. School clinics were scheduled the following morning with a focus on basketball skills such as passing, catching and shooting before finishing with a 5 on 5 game as the kids showed off their new shooting techniques.

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The Ngurra Kujungka team continued on to Kiwirrkurra where on arrival kids were scattered across the basketball court playing various games. Ebony and Dan were quick to bring out the basketball and captivate the enthusiasm of the kids. With an evening half-court game soon under way the kids were excited for basketball clinics at school the following morning. Arriving early to entertain the kids before school a mini trampoline became a perfect stage for the young boys to show off their marking skills and burn some energy before starting class.

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With the high school kids on a school excursion it was the younger and middle aged classes that joined in the Ngurra Kujungka basketball clinics. Focusing on dribbling with the added competition of relay races and ball control drill, the kids were excited about participating in the youth basketball program in Punmu. When indigenous sport development officer Ebony asked the classes if they would be at the Punmu festival to play basketball “YES” was shouted loud enough for the community to hear.

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A community BBQ wrapped up a very successful day at the school as children and adults lined up for dinner and gathered together on the basketball court. Their was a positive vibe as both the softball and football teams had been training daily as part of their preparation for the upcoming festival in Punmu where Kiwirrkurra would be strongly represented.

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