Basketball champion Mark Davis to visit the West Coast

BASKETBALL CLINIC: Mark Davis in action for the Adelaide 36ers. Picture: nbl.com.au
BASKETBALL CLINIC: Mark Davis in action for the Adelaide 36ers. Picture: nbl.com.au

Champion basketball player Mark Davis will visit Koonibba and Ceduna in the school holidays for four days of basketball clinics.

Mr Davis was the former head basketball coach at Aboriginal Sports Academy and now gives expert coaching advice at his ‘Mark Davis Basketball Camps’.

He will be in Koonibba on December 16 and 17 and Ceduna on December 18 and 19.

The former Adelaide 36ers captain is coming to the West Coast courtesy of Whitelion’s ‘Stride Program’ and program coordinator Georgina Hannaford said clinics were designed to inspire.

“The idea is to promote well-being of young Indigenous kids in remote communities, which is done through physical activity, teammwork and goal setting,” she said.

“The idea of bringing a high-profile role model is to inspire young people to set goals.”

The clinics will take place between between 11am and 3pm and are open to all young people.

“People just need to turn up, we’ll start at 11am but they can come in from 10am – we were told to expect about 30 to 50 kids a day and everybody is welcome, Aboriginal or not.”

Mr Davis said he was looking forward to the visit.

“I am very excited to come to the area, I have met quite a few of the locals who have come to Adelaide and have had a close connection with them,” he said.

“I am excited to get to the area, get involved with the community, engage with the young people and run the program.

“There are some cool people there and it will be good to get there and say hello and get involved.”

Ms Hannaford said it was a great opportunity to boost skills and confidence.

“This is a community event and an opportunity to enhance your skills and make greater community connections,” she said.

“It can enhance self-esteem and is something to do in the school holidays doing something which kids may not have been exposed to before, so they can think more broadly about possibilities.”

For more details contact Ms Hannaford on 8262 8488.