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BASKETBALL: Recently-appointed state performance manager for North Queensland Brady Walmsley conducted a high-intensity player education at Kev Broome Stadium.
And he was clearly impressed how the two groups of youngsters conducted themselves through the two one-hour-long sessions last Friday night.
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The sessions were the perfect preparation for Under-14 State Championships for Gladstone's boy's and girl's teams that will play in Brisbane and Cairns respectively from April 11-14.
He said his move from Townsville to his new home base in Rockhampton has been smooth.
"It's been a really good move and I'm really enjoying the work that I'm doing in the central region and working with a lot of players, coaches and basketball people that are really accepting of more basketball exposure," Walmsley said.
"That's been a really good thing and I've been lucky to be supported by Gladstone in allowing me to come and doing these clinics."
With a healthy crowd of the junior players' parents, friends and relatives watching on, Walmsley put the players through high-intensity drills each of which were completed in a set amount of time.
That is the template to how Walmsley wants players to train.
"That was kind of an opportunity for us to demonstrate a training environment that we expect at state level," Walmsley said.
"What was most pleasing was I thought we achieved a really competitive training session that allowed the the coaches in the stands, players in the stands and the parents to get a really good gauge to how the athletes need to be working."
Walmsley is looking to run these clinics on a regular basis here and abroad.
"That's a big part of my job, I guess to expose everybody in my region from Bundaberg to Cairns, but my direct focus is the Central region to what we do at the elite level," Walmsley said.
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"As often that I can do that, I'm willing to do that and I thought the night was a bit of a success.
"Certainly we will be trying to follow up with something similar in the future."
Walmsley said without the support from the Gladstone Amateur Basketball Association, these clinics would not go ahead.
"I just think that these events can't really happen without the support from Gladstone basketball so I've been really fortunate that they were prepared to do the groundwork to get this thing up and running," Walmsley said.
"They have allowed me to talk about basketball and deliver on some things that I am enthusiastic about and they deserve a lot of the credit for what happened."
Meanwhile Walmsley has also been named as the head coach of the U16 Queensland North girls' state team that will compete at the Australian Junior Championships held in Perth in July.
This will be his fourth year at the helm after he coached the U18 Queensland North men's program between 2013 and 2016.