The Y’s belief in the power of inspired young people was definitely in evidence at the SWISH Intercultural Basketball Tournament which took place at the Ballarat Sports and Events Centre on the 2nd July.
With over 50 participants aged between 12 -25 from the Ballarat, Nhill and Horsham areas, the competition kicked off with a skills clinic which was conducted by players from the Ballarat Miners and Rush. A friendly round-robin competition followed with prizes for the winners.
“It was fantastic to have so many culturally and linguistically diverse young people participate and be able to enjoy the opportunity to create connections,” said Suze Larmer, Y Ballarat’s Youth Engagement Coordinator. “Our aim was to support young people to have a day of activity during the school holidays and also to be able to engage with local basketball clubs and further their sporting interests.”
The success of the day was a testament to the hard work of a group of young people from SEDA College studying the Year 11 and 12 Sports Development program. Through partnering with the Y and other local supporting organisations the students were able to realise their idea of hosting an event aimed at encouraging more young people to get involved in the sport. Students organised the games, coaching and refereeing, along with a young DJ to add to the atmosphere of the tournament.
“Especially after 2020, more than ever, activities for young people which include physical activity and opportunities for connections with peers are just so important for positive wellbeing and mental health,” said Ms Larmer.
“This was a really impressive undertaking by a group of young people and they successfully created a meaningful and fun event for others,” she added.
SWISH Intercultural Basketball Tournament was made possible through the Y Ballarat’s partnership with the City of Ballarat Recreation Services and Youth Services Teams, CMY, SEDA College, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, Sports Central, Horsham Rural City Council, Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly, Basketball Ballarat, Horsham Amateur Basketball Association, Victoria Police and funding from the City of Ballarat’s Community Impact Grants.