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Winners are grinners! Our all-conquering Open A Girls’ Basketball Team.
John Paul College makes
Girls’ Basketball
he John Paul College Open A
Girls’ Basketball Team stormed
home to win the Gold Medal and
claim an historic victory at the
2012 Australian Schools Championships in
Melbourne in November.
The 86 / 49 win over Melbourne’s
Rowville Secondary College meant they
could claim their position as the leading
school in the history of the tournament
following their total of six titles since the
tournament commenced.
Their amazing achievement is even
more significant as the team is coached
by College Headmaster, Mr Peter Foster,
who understandably, was extremely proud.
“This win demonstrates for us the
incredible success of the basketball program
at John Paul College.
“This has been a great team effort and
we are very, very proud,” he said.
“The depth of our Junior Development
Program was also reflected in the success
of our Under 15 Girls’ Team who won Silver
in the final of the competition.”
We are on a journey
where we educate our
players as people first
and athletes second.
“This makes them better athletes and
creates an environment of excellence within
the team which leads to greater academic
outcomes,” he said.
The benefits of participating in sport at
school has been extensively researched and
it has been found that students who are
involved in sports develop higher academic
results, good relationships at school, and are
more likely to continue on to higher education.
This has proven true for key player and
2012 graduate Kalani Purcell, who received
an invitation to trial for the New Zealand
national team, Tall Ferns. Kalani has also
been offered a $250,000 scholarship
to play for Brigham Young University
in Salt Lake City, Utah and hopes to head
to the USA next June.
Basketball Australia Chief Executive,
Kristina Keneally, said the Australian Schools
Championships plays a key role in the
development of future basketball talent.
“In the past, the Australian Schools
Championships have brought some
of Australia’s best junior and senior basketball
talent to the fore,” Ms Keneally said.
“In fact, it’s at tournaments like these that
the future legends of Australian basketball
can begin their journey to one day starring
on the biggest stage of all – just like our
Australian Boomers and Jayco Opals did
at the London Olympics recently.”
With more than 100 teams and
900 players in Melbourne in search of
championship glory at the five day event,
the achievements of our teams have made
the John Paul College family very proud.
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