Some of Shepparton’s most talented junior basketball players will represent Victoria Country in the next week at two prestigious tournaments.
The Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup kicks off tomorrow in Albury-Wodonga, running until January 20.
Jordan Munro (under-14 boys), Hannah Onley (under-14 girls) and Jordan Michel (under-16 boys) will face teams from across Australia and New Zealand, as they strive to showcase their talents on a huge stage.
‘‘I’m feeling excited and I feel like I’ve prepared well for it and have trained enough to do well at it,’’ Michel, the comparative veteran of the local squad, said.
‘‘It’s good that there’s a lot of younger people coming up and working hard.’’
Also preparing to compete at the representative level are Boston Dowling (under-14 boys), Tazmyn Stovell, Isabel Whitelaw (both under-14 girls) and Jordyn Commadeur (under-15 girls).
The quartet have been included in the top 20 in Country Victoria for each of their respective age groups and will take on metro and country teams from across the nation at the Southern Cross Basketball Challenge.
The challenge, at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South from January 19 to January 22, is the start of the high-performance pathway for identified athletes.
Selected from tryouts in their home town, Shepparton’s finest will be keen to impress Basketball Victoria talent scouts and coaches throughout both tournaments.
All athletes have put in the hard yards to make sure they remain in top condition, with many extra training sessions during the Christmas holidays.