Bunbury’s turn for junior carnival spotlight

Headshot of Jackson Barrett
Jackson BarrettBunbury Herald
One of a number of Bunbury All Stars teams which played in the carnival.
Camera IconOne of a number of Bunbury All Stars teams which played in the carnival. Credit: Picture: Jackson Barrett

Hundreds of young basketballers from around the South West and even as far as Perth flocked to the South West Sports Centre last Friday for Bunbury’s inaugural Noongar Junior Basketball Carnival.

The event, held on Friday and Saturday, featured teams from under eights to under-19s. The carnival was organised by Kandice Hart, who said she had seen events like this around the State and thought it was Bunbury’s turn.

“We had been to other carnivals, one in Waroona and one in Warwick, and that inspired me to have one in Bunbury,” she said.

“It is good to see the community come together for all these kids; just seeing the smiles on their faces and them having fun is great.

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“It is so important just to get the kids out, socialising with other kids and just having fun with each other.”

Basketball WA chief executive Rob Clement was in the South West to launch the South West Slammers’ season and was also on hand at the carnival. He praised the organisers for their efforts.

“It is absolutely fantastic; the work Bunbury Basketball has done with all their various partners has just been fantastic to see,” he said.

“The youth love basketball and it is just so great to see them have the chance to get together in the school holidays, have a competition and have some fun.”

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