Eagle Stadium will house both tournaments as Werribee Basketball and Wyndham host their first ever Australian Junior Championship.
The Australian Under-18 Championships are one of the most prestigious events on the junior championship calendar seeing the most elite basketballs come together to crown an Australia Champion. Alongside this, the Kevin Coombs Cup is Australia’s premier junior wheelchair basketball championship named after Australian Paralympic Legend, Kevin Coombs.
“The championships are an integral part of Basketball Australia’s High Performance pathway, bringing together some of the nation’s top young talent, with many athletes potentially progressing through to NBL and WNBL ranks, before also vying for Australian national team representation, including at Olympic and Paralympic levels” commented Basketball Australia Executive General Manager – Basketball, Paul Maley.
“The tender from Werribee Basketball was of a very high quality, and we know they will put together an excellent event. We’re excited about the prospect of hosting a major tournament at Eagle Stadium and in such a fast growing region of Melbourne,” Maley added.
Highlighting the significance of the event to the wider region, Werribee Basketball was joined by Joanne Ryan MP, Councillor Peter Maynard and Western Leisure Services CEO Alison Dixon in making the announcement.
Werribee Basketball’s General Manager Robbie Coyle outlined the exciting benefits of bringing a championship of this stature to Wyndham.
“For Werribee Basketball to be hosting an Australian Championship here in Wyndham is massive and the whole event is going to energise our entire community. We hope it serves to inspire the next generation of players, referees, coaches and volunteers,” Coyle said.
“It will provide a fantastic stimulus for the local business community too. Recent economic reports from previous hosts Townsville and Ballarat outline a direct economic impact of between $2 million and $4 million, and an indirect impact boosting the local economy even further.
“Werribee is a world class tourism destination and we want to encourage the visitors for these championships to get out and discover what we’ve got. With Avalon Airport on our doorstep, and wonderful attractions like the Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee Mansion, Pacific Werribee and Shadowfax Wines,” Coyle added.
“We know our local community will get behind the 2021 Australian U18 Championships and Kevin Coombs Cup to ensure we show off our region and our ability to compete on the national stage.”
The tournament will be held 10-17 April 2021, further scheduling details will be released at a later date.
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