Lismore basketball development officers 'Storm' school

GETTING school kids interested in basketball was the aim of a visit to Wyrallah Road Public School by Lismore Storm development officer Jay Washington and Brad Euston on Tuesday.

With 10 years of coaching experience, Washington has played at many levels of the sport in the US, Europe and the Philippines.

He said the school workshop this week "hopefully gets the students interested in basketball".

"Brad and I are teaching the fundamentals," he said.

"But there's more to it.

"So far we've shown them some skills on the court, life skills and some social skills such as teamwork. It's exciting for us and hopefully for the students too."

Senior student Jada Williams said that, as a netballer, "I enjoyed the workshop".

"We've learnt about basketball and Jay and Brad made it really interesting," Jada said.

"They taught us some techniques such as passing the ball and team building."

WEATHERING THE STORM: Jay Washington, left, and Brad Euston at Wyrallah Road Public School.
WEATHERING THE STORM: Jay Washington, left, and Brad Euston at Wyrallah Road Public School. RICHARD FORBES

Fellow student Jasmine Maxwell said she and Jada had "noticed the obvious differences between basketball and netball".

"I did notice that there were times today when I'd caught the ball and stopped instead of continuing," Jasmine said. "But it seems pretty easy to change from one sport to the other."

Lismore Storm manager Tanya Bosel wants to take the workshops to all schools in the area.

"Jay's very interested in having younger players come into the sport," Ms Bosel said.

"The association has a skills program, Little Stormers, and there's Junior League for primary and high school ages."

Schools interested in running a workshop can contact Ms Bosel on 0410-777572.


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