For the first time ever, the Stirling Senators will host the Helloworld Under-16 Australian Junior Championships in the City of Joondalup in Western Australia from July 8-15, 2017.
The event will be catered by Perth’s newest sports arena, Warwick Stadium, which houses eight courts, multiple show courts as well as a display court.
Owned and operated by the Churches of Christ Sport & Recreation Association, the CCSRA were the driving force behind the expansion.
“Hosting the 2017 Helloworld Australian U16 Championships is an incredible blessing,” said CCSRA Director and Stirling Senators Joshua Nipps.
“Being able to host the Helloworld Junior Championships is a statement that we are heading in the right direction. We are excited to be a part of delivering a first class experience event for everyone travelling to Perth as well as our future Boomers and Opals.”
CEO of Basketball WA Rob Clement was equally excited about the opportunity for the Stirling Senators.
“Having built a new state of the art facility, Stirling has been rewarded with this opportunity which will showcase both the venue as well as where the sport is moving in Western Australia,” Clement said.
“The City of Joondalup is the only Local Government area north of the river with two State Basketball League teams based within its boundaries,” said City of Joondalup Mayor, Troy Pickard.
‘Securing the Under-16 Champs will further cement Joondalup’s reputation as the home of basketball in the northern corridor.
“Warwick Stadium is a fitting venue to host such a prestigious international competition boasting world-class basketball facilities including four new indoor courts and a main display court with a 450-seat fixed grandstand and space for retractable bleacher seating.”
The Under-16 Champs have been run since 1955 for the men and 1971 for the women while Western Australia last hosted the event in 2008 in Kalamunda when Jayco Australian Opals Steph Talbot and Sara Blicavs competed.
The WA Metro Men will be aiming to improve on their bronze medal from this year in front of a home crowd while the Vic Metro Men and Women will be aiming to defend their titles.
“Basketball Australia is very excited to have Stirling host the Helloworld Under-16 Champs,” said Basketball Australia General Manager of Competition, Paul Maley.
“The Under-16’s is the beginning of the pathway for our best junior talent and their first opportunity to represent their state which makes it a very exciting event.
“Stirling have demonstrated a capacity to run major events, they have great support from the local council and state body in Basketball WA and we are confident that with the new facilities, this will be a terrific week of basketball for the public and competitors alike.”
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2017 Helloworld Under-16 Australian Junior Championships
July 8-15 at Warwick Stadium, Western Australia.
Basketball Australia- Manager of Australian Junior Championships