All stars rise during all-abilities basketball

July 5, 2024 BY

Talented: Teams battled it out across three divisions at MARC Stadium. Photo: SUPPLIED

YOUNG basketball champions have battled it out in Bacchus Marsh at the Specialist Hoops All Abilities tournament.

Teams converged on MARC Stadium on Saturday 29 June for a day of fun and competition.

Event organiser Emily Attard said the atmosphere was “amazing” for everyone involved on and off the court.

“There were a few nerves at the beginning of the tournament, but as the day progressed everyone was enthusiastic and excited,” she said.

“It was wonderful to see people get behind each other.”

More than 10 teams competed, with winners crowned across three divisions.

Specialist Hoops Blue took out Division One, Sunbury All Abilities Basketball men’s team B won Division Two, and Specialist Hoops Purple took home the Division Three title.

Ms Attard also thanked Bacchus Marsh businesses and community volunteers for their strong support on the day.

“Everyone was so welcoming and receptive, and it was amazing to have the community behind us,” she said.

“We had a lot of great business support and were able to bring in local referees on the day as well. It was very much an event with the backing of the community.”

Specialist Hoops, a popular basketball program for people with disabilities, has been operating since 2017.

Programs run regularly in Bacchus Marsh and Cobblebank with people of a variety of ages invited to compete.

“No matter who you are, or whether or not you have a disability, everyone can play quality basketball,” Ms Attard said.

The group also launched a wheelchair basketball program at Bacchus Marsh in June 2022.

Ms Attard said the tournament was an opportunity to showcase basketball talent in people from all walks of life.

“We want to provide opportunities for everyone to play sports and meet new people,” she said.

“Everyone deserves access to the same playing field. No one gets left behind.”