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    PRESSURE ON: Tanaisha Hornsby, Skene Street School, Stawell, guards Natalie Fox, Horsham Special School, as Chloe Reinheimer referees during a Horsham College Basketball Academy special school tournament. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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    Jordan Young, Skene St, during a Horsham College Basketball Academy special school tournament.
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    Blake Klix, HSS, during a Horsham College Basketball Academy special school tournament.
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    Jordan Young and Ella Massey during a Horsham College Basketball Academy special school tournament.
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    Horsham Special School player Natalie Fox passes to Ella Massey during a Horsham College Basketball Academy special school tournament.

Beaming basketballers shining in academy tournament

Smiles abounded at Horsham Basketball Stadium last week as Wimmera students with disabilities gathered for a fun tournament to celebrate the culmination of a weeks-long skills program.

As part of Basketball Victoria’s Junior United Mentoring Program, JUMP, year nine and 10 students from Horsham College Basketball Academy undertook disability training as well as a coaching and umpiring course before taking students from Stawell’s Skene Street School and Horsham Special School through a series of basketball training sessions.

The program finished last week with a fun tournament called the Echo Cup.

Horsham College Basketball Academy program co-ordinator Cam Bruce said everyone who took part in the program benefited from the experience.



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“It’s been awesome to see their confidence and the fun they’re having,” he said.

“They display teamwork and camaraderie, and they’re learning great skills.

“Just seeing the smiles and laughs has been good.”

Mr Bruce said teachers were also supportive of the program.

“Gary Lean, the Horsham Special School teacher, was telling me he gets emotional seeing kids from different backgrounds and with different disabilities shining in a different environment,” he said.

“It’s awesome to see reactions like that.”

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