Farewell, Mr Basketball

By RACHAEL BORICH

DEPARTING Rockhampton Basketball junior development officer Perc Coxsedge can only hope the junior numbers he has help build over the years can be sustained for the sport's future.

Coxsedge leaves Rockhampton on September 9 to start a regional co-ordinator's role with the Australian Sports Commission in Brisbane.

He will fill a key role in the ASC's new Active After School Communities Program to encourage more children to become involved in after school activities.

It is more of a co-ordinator role rather than "hands on'' work.

"I needed a new challenge and will hopefully learn some new skills,'' Coxsedge said.

"It's also taken it's toll ? it's a lot of hours and a lot of hard work.''

During his five years in Rockhampton Coxsedge coached the women's state league team, taking them to two finals series, and was also heavily involved with getting basketball into the schools.

When he first started a skills for schools program in 2002 he had six teams ? last year there were about 50 teams.

Basketball is one sport that has battled to attract more numbers in "obviously a football-oriented town''.

Coxsedge believes this intense competition combined with basketball's lack of national coverage will continue to make it tough going.

"It has to happen nationally more like with NRL and AFL on free-to-air TV.

"We can only be as professional as we can and bring the fun back into the game.''

Rockhampton Basketball is undecided if it will employ another junior development officer, but yesterday Rockhampton Basketball president Con Kyreakou said they were thankful for Coxsedge's knowledge and support over the years.



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