National Talent ID Manager Visits
Between December 13 to 15 Brad Davidson, Basketball Australia's National Shooting Coach & Talent ID Manager, put some of the NT's emerging talent through their paces working with Centre of Excellence athletes, NTIS scholarship coaches, the U18 State Squads as well as the NT's own Abby Cubillo who will be joining Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence in 2016.
Sessions at Marrara Indoor Stadium on Monday evening were opened to all club coaches, parents and players to observe in order to assist their development. Those in attendance got to see a national program coach work with some of the NT’s emerging talent and learn more about the Australian system and what skills are needed at the next level.
Launched with the national men’s coach Andrej Lemanis in April 2014 the Basketball NT Centre of Excellence was established to “provide young people across the Northern Territory with the opportunity fulfill their basketball, educational and life potential”. A range of talented players have already been part of and benefited from the support of the program over its first 18 months, including Abby Cubillo (Darwin), Tom O'Neill-Thorne (NTIS) and Nigel Lockyer (Alice Springs) who performed strongly at U18 national championships.
The Basketball NT Centre of Excellence is supported by the Northern Territory Institute of Sport and is underpinned by the Emerging Athlete Program with centres at Alice Springs Basketball Association, Darwin Basketball Association and Palmerston & Regional Basketball Association.