The Apunipima Australian Indigenous Basketball All Stars will head to Vancouver on Monday to compete in the World Indigenous Basketball Challenge (WIBC), which is being held at the University of British Columbia War Memorial Stadium.
It is the first time the team, made up of Australia’s finest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander basketball talent, has attended the international meet. The four-day event, which takes place from 9 – 12 August, will see both men’s and women’s teams battle it out for world titles.
While on tour, the All Stars will be promoting Apunipima’s key health promotion messages:
They form part of the Apunipima Tackling Indigenous Smoking and Healthy Communities social marketing campaigns, which aim to reduce smoking rates and sugary drinks consumption among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Cape York.
Health Promotion Team Leader Nina Nichols said sponsoring the All Stars was a great way to support the team and to promote healthy lifestyle messages across Cape York and to a broader audience.
‘As ambassadors for Apunipima, the All Stars represent hard work and healthy living. Our campaigns aim to encourage people to make choices that will benefit their health and the health of their families.’
The All Stars have a two-day training camp in Brisbane on the weekend of August 5 and 6, before departing for Vancouver on August 7.
Day one of the training camp will see the team spend three-hours on the training court, followed by an evening function where the players will be presented with their WIBC strip.
Sunday morning will feature another on-court practice session before a scrimmage game will take place in the afternoon.
The squad departs for Canada on Monday and upon arrival following the 14-hour flight, they will have a light training session followed by a short tour of Vancouver.
A pre-tournament game will take place on Tuesday, August 8 before the WIBC Opening Ceremony commences at 8pm.
‘Our training camp this weekend is a very important part of our overall preparations,” Apunipima All Stars Head Coach Joel Khalu said.
‘We have a lot of things to cover throughout the two-days, but this scenario is nothing new for this group, as this is typically the same process we undertake when planning for the annual Trans -Tasman series against the New Zealand Maori National Team.’
‘The good thing is we have a pre-tournament game in Vancouver on Tuesday, so that will help the guys get a bit more familiar with each other and also help to alleviate the jetlag after travelling such a long way.
It’s going to be a massive challenge for us to go there and win the entire thing, but I believe if we are able to play our natural free-flowing style and do a great job defensively in each matchup, we should put ourselves in a pretty good position to have some success.’
Last modified onMonday, 07 August 2017 04:55