APPLAUS: Queensland North coach Brady Walmsley sees a lot of talent in the region.
APPLAUS: Queensland North coach Brady Walmsley sees a lot of talent in the region. Nick Kossatch GLA300317BRADYWALM

Coach to select players for Top End championship next year

BASKETBALL: It's been a huge few months for Gladstone Port City Power Capricorn Surge head coach Brady Walmsley who will maximise his multi-tasking skills.

He will coach the Queensland North under-16 team on top of his commitments as Power mentor and his role as the Community Development Officer with Gladstone Regional Council.

"I'm very grateful for the fantastic opportunities that have presented themselves to me in recent times,” Walmsley said.

"My family and I are passionate about the Gladstone region and I am excited to be in a position to represent Gladstone as an employee of council, the Port City Power QBL head coach and now as the Under-16 Queensland (North) state team head coach.

"I look forward to the many challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.”

Walmsley has been appointed as the state coach for the fifth time and will be involved in his seventh Under-16 Australian Junior Championship tournament which will be in Darwin from July 6-13.

Walmsley believes he will provide a calmness required for the next generation to handle the heat at the top junior level.

"Those experiences have given me an appreciation for the level of preparation that is required for success at this level. Having previously performed the High Performance coach role with Basketball Queensland, I think that positions me well to prepare our players in line with the competition expectations at the Australian Junior Championships,” Walmsley said.

He will oversee the first of two state trials in Rockhampton and Townsville.

"At this early stage ... it is largely about exposing the extended group of athletes to the foundations of the Basketball Queensland style of play and using the camp as a talent identification tool. Over the past few years, the Queensland North program has experienced the heights of its success and it will be our intention to create a training environment which reflects that.”

The first of the selection trials are next weekend in Rocky.

So, what will be the process after the U16 state trials with the players?

"At the conclusion of both trials, the selection panel will make determinations around which players are suitable to continue to the next phase of the program,” Walmsley said.

"We are looking to select players who will provide a competitive element to our training environment, through elite level skills and exemplary effort.”



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