That's deadly - Unearthing the next Patrick Mills

That's deadly - Unearthing the next Patrick Mills

Basketball Australia (BA) with the support of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is proud to announce the continuation of the highly successful Finding Deadly Basketballers - a talent identification and development program for Indigenous athletes. The Finding Deadly Basketballers program

Basketball Australia (BA) with the support of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is proud to announce the continuation of the highly successful Finding Deadly Basketballers - a talent identification and development program for Indigenous athletes.

The Finding Deadly Basketballers program is searching for Indigenous athletes who not only play basketball for a local association but those who might play in communities and schools – and even those who don’t yet play at all. 

A ‘National Deadly Camp’ is to be held at the Australian Institute of Sport from 13–16 April as part of the program, where indentified athletes and coaches will take part in an intense training schedule that includes education sessions in recovery, nutrition, drugs in sport and physical testing.

35 athletes and 10 coaches from around Australia are attending the camp, which acts as a stepping stone to the National Intensive Training Centre Program (NITCP) as well as State programs and junior Australian representation.

Highlighting the success of the program has been the impact of 19-year-old Patrick Mills on the Australian basketball scene. At the conclusion of the 2007 under-19 men’s world championship, Mills joined the Australia Post Boomers at the beginning of their European tour courtesy of an ASC grant.

Mills was a key factor last August as the Boomers earned the right to compete in Beijing, starring in a 2-1 series win over the New Zealand Tall Blacks at the 2007 FIBA Oceania Championship.

“Basketball Australia is grateful for the support provided by the Australian Sports Commission to deliver the Finding Deadly Basketballers program,” Basketball Australia’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Haynes said.

Finding Deadly Basketballers aims at providing those talented Indigenous athletes not already playing in affiliated basketball, as well as those who are playing, with an opportunity to develop their skills in an elite training environment.

“Basketball Australia is excited at the opportunity for the next Patrick Mills or Rohanee Cox to be involved in our national leagues and programs. Finding Deadly Basketballers is a step in making this happen.”

Only a handful of indigenous athletes have progressed through existing basketball development pathways, including Olympians Michael Ah Matt (1964) and Danny Morseau (1980, 1984), 5-time Paralympian Kevin Coombes and more recently Rohanee Cox (Australian Defence Force Opals), Mills and international referee Scott Butler. The Finding Deadly Basketballers program aims to address that shortage and ramp up the regularity of Indigenous athletes at the elite level.

Identification sessions have already been held in schools and communities in North Queensland, northern NSW, metropolitan NSW and Western Australia. Athletes have also been identified by coaches in Victoria, QLD South, Northern Territory, Southern NSW and Tasmania.

CAMP PROGRAM

SUNDAY 13TH APRIL

12.00 noon - 5.00pm   - Athletes, Coaches & Managers arrive in Canberra

                                    - Travel arrangements as organised and advised from home point of departure.

5pm                             Welcome – AIS Basketball Hall

·         Welcome, Aboriginal elder

·         Codes of Conduct

·         Expectations

6pm for 6:30pm          Dinner

7.00pm - 9.00pm        - Physical testing

MONDAY 14TH APRIL

6.30am                        - Wake up, shower

7.00am                        - Breakfast – AIS Dining Hall

8.00am - 8.50am        - Sports Psychology lecture - Court 2 AIS

9.00am - 11.00am      - Practice session 1

11.00am - 12.00 noon - Shower & lunch at AIS facilities.

12.00 noon - 2.00pm   - Rest

2.30pm - 4.30pm        - Practice session 2

4.30pm                        - Shower and rest

5:30pm for 5:45pm     - Dinner – AIS Dining Hall

7.00pm - 9.00pm        - Practice session 3

9.30pm                        - Supper

10.30pm                      - Lights out

TUESDAY 15TH APRIL

6.30am                        - Wake up, shower

7.00am                        - Breakfast – AIS Dining Hall

8.00am - 8.50am        - Sports Nutrition lecture - Court 2 AIS

9.00am - 11.00am      - Practice session 4

11.00am - 11.45am    - Shower & lunch at AIS facilities.

12.00 noon - 2.00pm   - Rest

2.15pm - 4.15pm        - Practice session 5

4.30pm                        - Shower AIS facilities

5:45pm                        - Dinner – AIS Dining Hall

7.00pm - 9.00pm        - Practice session 6

9.30pm                        - Supper

10.30pm                      - Lights out


WEDNESDAY 16TH APRIL


6.30am                        - Wake up, shower

7.00am                        - Breakfast – AIS Dining Hall

8.00am                       - Check out of AIS Residence

*Bags packed & taken to AIS Basketball Hall.  Keys handed to Camp Manager.

9.00am – 11.00am      - Practice session 7

11am                           - Camp wrap-up, conclusion.

12 noon                       - Depart AIS