Basketball Northern Territory Centre of Excellence

Basketball Northern Territory Centre of Excellence

With a centralised training base in Darwin the Basketball NT Centre of Excellence will enable Basketball NT to broaden its talent development reach from its traditional focus on Alice Springs and Darwin to other regions of the NT.

This article was originally written/published by Basketball Northern Territory

The Basketball NT Centre of Excellence has been established to:

  1. Provide young people from across the Northern Territory an opportunity to fulfil their basketball, educational and life potential
  2. Create a daily practice environment for talented junior basketballers from across the NT and to provide a gateway for further opportunities in the game
  3. Create a social mobility vehicle for young people from all socio-economic backgrounds and regions across the Northern Territory

With a centralised training base in Darwin the Basketball NT Centre of Excellence will enable Basketball NT to broaden its talent development reach from its traditional focus on Alice Springs and Darwin to other regions of the NT based on access to boarding school scholarships through a strategic partnership with St Johns College.

Basketball NT’s recent acceptance into the Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) will see Centre of Excellence athletes benefiting from a range of sport science services and will provide access to Marrara Indoor Stadium as the training base for the program.

The Centre of Excellence “Class of 2014” will comprise 14 athletes from across the NT including 3 from Alice Springs, 1 from Ti-Tree and 1 from East Arnhem. The group will also feature wheelchair athletes Tom O’Neil-Thorne and CJ Grogan who are both current U23 World Championship Bronze Medalists whilst Tom is also a current member of the 2014 Australian Rollers squad and the 2013 NT Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

The inaugural athletes for the program are:

  • CJ Grogan (NTIS/Darwin)
  • Tom O’Neil-Thorne (NTIS/Darwin)
  • Nigel Lockyer (Alice Springs)
  • Tiarni Pon (Alice Springs)
  • Iesha Smith (Alice Springs)
  • Jeremiah Scrutton (Ti-Tree)
  • Henry Callander (Darwin)
  • Lewis Carey (Darwin)
  • Abby Cubillo (Darwin)
  • Harry Fuge (Darwin)
  • Matteo Rouse (Darwin)
  • Jai O’Shaughnessey (Darwin)
  • Julia Woods (Darwin)
  • Rohan Gaykananu (East Arnhem)

Critical to the success of this initiative is the identification and development of athletes, and coaches, in regions across the NT. Driven by a quality network of coaches supported by the NTIS Basketball NT’s Emerging Athlete Program (EAP) will operate as a regional feeder program to the Centre of Excellence through identification, nurturing and development of local athletes. East Arnhem is being added as a new EAP location, in addition to Alice Springs and Darwin, with additional centres likely to be added in the future.

Based on Basketball Australia’s commitment to the Basketball NT Centre of Excellence we are delighted to have the national mens coach Andrej Lemanis visit the NT to launch this initiative and conduct a coaching clinic with the inaugural Centre of Excellence athletes. Andrej Lemanis is the current coach of the Australian Boomers and a 3 time NBL Premiership coach of the New Zealand breakers.

For further information on the Basketball NT Centre of Excellence oplease contact Andrew Farley, Executive Officer of Basketball NT on (08) 8945 3761 or andrew.farley@nt.basketball.net.au