Sisters share basketball talent

Last updated 09:42 13/11/2012

GOT GAME: Playing college ball in the USA could be in Shalae, left, and Camese Salmon's respective futures, after proving themselves to be among the best basketballers in the country in 2012.

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The Salmon sisters don't get to play a lot of basketball together, but their paths in the game are following similar trajectories - upwards.

The talented Porirua teens both featured prominently for their school - Wellington Girls College - and on the regional, national and international stage this year. Camese, 17, was in the Junior Tall Ferns side that competed in a tournament in China in July, while Shalae, 14, had a dramatic run to the final at nationals with her Porirua under-15 side.

She was named in the tournament team and hopes to get into New Zealand's under-16 squad early next year.

"It's been a pretty big year for us," Camese says.

Aside from their school side, which came fifth at the national secondary schools, the sisters do not turn out in the same colours often. Even at an informal league set up at Aotea College, the forwards are on opposite teams.

Shalae grudgingly admits her elder sister would have the wood on her should they come up against one another.

"She's a little bit more aggressive than me."

There are not too many nights the duo are not training or playing but both love the sport for the team spirit, fun and because it keeps them fit.

Dad Jason, also Shalae's coach for Porirua, says basketball is in good shape in the city right now.

"There's real talent here and while some are playing for schools in Wellington, they're still turning out for Porirua. The local coaches are committed to keeping the sport at a high level."

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