Camp proves a huge success

19:01, Jan 23 2013
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Ten-year-old Tall Blacks hopefuls Lucas Adams, left, and Nico Sinclair, right, wait for the jump-ball from coach Willie Banks during a training camp in New Plymouth.

About 75 children honed their basketball skills over three days at TSB Stadium in New Plymouth.

Organisers Pete Knechtel, of New Plymouth, said children from as far away as Wellington and Auckland, with strong support from within Taranaki, had signed up to the camp which ended yesterday.

Knechtel was joined by Wellington Saints NBL coach and former Tall Black legend Pero Cameron and former professional basketballers Byron Vaetoe, Willie Banks and Daryn Shaw.

"It's just been awesome," Knechtel said. "The kids just soaked up all what their coaches had to deliver." He said the aim of the training camp was to try to improve the fundamental skills of participants. "There aren't enough camps like this that happen in New Zealand with such a talented coaching staff."

The Five Stars group plans to hold another training camp on a slightly smaller scale at the end of the first school term.


Taranaki Daily News