Power stars treat young basketballers at camp
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE NEXT Andrew Bogut or Lauren Jackson may have had their first taste of basketball when members of the Port City Power hosted a two-day camp at Kev Broome Stadium last weekend.
More than 40 kids between the ages of eight and 13 took part in the Junior Hoops Camp run by Port City Power coaches Dean Page (men) and Shane Brown (women).
Activities included shooting practice, working on some basic fundamentals such as defence and ball handling along with a number of fun games.
A number of Power players also took some time out to help the next generation of Gladstone talent including Daniel Green, Aaron Nagas and Kasee Bowman.
Men's head coach Dean Page was rapt with the response to the camp and said it was important to promote basketball and Port City Power in Gladstone.
'The turnout was fantastic and I think everyone who came got something out of the camp, we are really trying to spread the word about basketball here,' Page said.
'Basketball is the only sport in Gladstone that has a team in a statewide competition, so it is important we can get our name out into the community.'
Page was also impressed with the level of junior talent in the Harbour City and hoped the camp would result in a number of future Power players.
'Hopefully the benefits of the weekend's camp will be seen in the future with the Power and can benefit as a result,' he said.
'Considering there were a number of players away at the state classics down in Brisbane, the talent shown was good.'
Another highlight was the match between the camp all-stars and the coaches which was won by the coaches.
Page is hopeful of running a similar style camp again in the next few months, but until then will focus on the QABL Southern Cross season which tips off this weekend.
The Power make the trip down to Bundaberg and are expected to perform well against the Bears who finished in the basement of the league last year.