Emerging quartet carve path to national stage

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser

Four of Albany’s best up-and-coming basketballers have been invited to take part in Basketball WA’s State Performance Program.

Keanu Weeden, the Knights’ point-guard in men’s A-grade, along with his two sisters, Indianna and Tayeesha, who both play for Flames in women’s A-grade, were all selected for the program.

Panthers star Jade Dimer was also invited to take part in the program.

Basketball WA created the initiative to identify the State’s most talented players and create an intensive training environment, to develop the competitiveness, skills and mental stamina of those involved. The State’s governing body says the State Performance Program will act as a direct pathway for junior players wishing to represent Western Australia in national competitions.

The program will operate under two age groups, with Tayeesha and Jade in under-16s, and the under-18s hosting Indianna and Keanu.

These age groups have been divided into two squads of 20, comprising players from the country and metropolitan areas respectively, in both the girls’ and boys’ program.

Geelong will host the 2018 national under-18 competition in March, while the 2018 under-16 WA squad will be heading to the Sunshine Coast in July.

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