FIBA equips basketball quartet


FOUR young Papua New Guineans who attended the recently-held inaugural FIBA Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp on the Gold Coast, Australia, returned on Sunday, equipped with some vital concepts and skills.
Port Moresby-based Normalisa Doubunaba and Rosa Kariwere part of the PNG representatives selected by FIBA Oceania to spend two weeks in Queensland, along with Nathan Mutik from Kavieng and Australia-based Aaron Farmer.
The PNG representatives were joined by 16 other FIBA athletes from other Pacific Island countries.
At the two-week camp, the players had the opportunity to learn from some Australian basketball legends, including former Australian Opals coach Carrie Graf and four-time Olympian and Australian Boomers coach Phil Smith.
Ninteen-year-old Kari from Gulf said it was a great experience as they learned a lot from the Australian coaches and other participants.
“In the camp, we talked about the importance of leadership as members of FIBA, and how we portray ourselves as role models of basketball in the communities,” Kari said. Doubunaba, 17, from Milne Bay said she valued what she witnessed during the camp’s theoretical and practical sessions.
With the upcoming Under-18 national championships later this year, Kari said that the camp had provided them with the necessary skills to work in unity with other young athletes around the country.
For New Irelander Mutik, the trip inspired him to take back what he had gained and share with other young men and women in his province and the New Guinea Islands.
BFPNG chief executive officer Joel Khalu said the camp provided an opportunity for the four PNG representatives to see firsthand the level of training and commitment involved to be successful at the international level.

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