Bouncing into the big time with state selection

ROCKHAMPTON'S next generation of basketball talent has been unearthed.

Chandler Halliday and Akaysha Muggeridge  have both been selected in the Queensland Schools team to compete at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide, which starts on Sunday.

Chandler, who will play centre for the Qld Schoolboys basketball team, is hopeful of making the starting five. But being selected is honour enough.

"I'm not too sure if I will make the five, I might," the RGS student said.

"But it is the best rep team I have made and I am really excited and proud."

Akaysha Muggeridge and Chandler Halliday. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Akaysha Muggeridge and Chandler Halliday. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

The Pacific School Games will be contested across nine sports, but basketball will feature international competition, with school teams coming from Macau, China and India.

"Playing international basketball will be cool," Chandler said.

"Playing teams from other countries will be great. It will be a great experience."

For Akaysha, who started playing basketball when she was six, the game is a family affair. Her father, Chris, is Cyclones coach and he is justifiably proud of his daughter's representative honours.

Making the state schoolgirls team is also a first for the Frenchville State School student.

"Basketball is a big thing in my family," Akaysha said.

"This is my highest honour and I am very excited. I am a bit nervous about playing teams from other countries because you don't know how they will play and what their structure is."

Akaysha already knows she is in the starting team.

"I will be starting point guard," Akaysha said.

"It is hard to start in a new team, but at training we got on really well.

"I'm really looking forward to it."



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