National Stars Inspire Junior Talent

National Stars Inspire Junior Talent

Athletes and coaches taking part in Basketball Australia's National Intensive Training Program (NITP) in the Northern Territory were last week paid a visit by Opals legend Jenni Screen and Perth Wildcats star Damian Martin.

A two time Olympian who was recently named co-captain of the Opals during their friendly tour of China in June, Screen supported the development of talented players in the NITP during a 3 day camp at Darwin Basketball Stadium from July 18 to July 20.

Screen also appeared as a special guest speaker at a Graduation Dinner for athletes at Crocodylus Park in Darwin on Saturday July 20, alongside Martin, inspiring 2013 NITP graduates Tara Maxwell and Ari McInerney as well as other current NITP participants with their personal stories.

Basketball NT Executive Officer Andrew Farley said: "The NITP provides young basketballers in the NT with an exceptional avenue to further their opportunities within the game and in life more generally.

"We already have a recent NT graduate, Claire O’Brien, on a college scholarship in the USA and as Basketball NT expands its reach across the Northern Territory, we will be looking to create an environment that will enable our athletes to achieve their potential on and off the court."

The National Intensive Training Program is an internationally acclaimed program providing Australia's promising young basketball athletes aged 14 to 17 and coaches in every state with a proven pathway to success through a grounding in the fundamental team and individual skills that are required to compete at an international level.

Current international stars that have graduated through the program include Lauren Jackson, Patrick Mills and Andrew Bogut.