Two well-credentialed coaches from the Horsham Basketball Association are gaining valuable experience they hope will benefit the next generation of Horsham basketballers.
Rebecca McIntyre and Cassandra Haskett will coach Victoria Country representative sides at national competitions across the next week.
McIntyre will coach a Victoria Country under-18 girls side at the Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup, while Haskett is an assistant coach for the girls under-14s at the Southern Cross Challenge starting Friday, January 17.
The passionate duo said they hoped to pass down what they learn as a coaches to upcoming young Hornets.
"Two years ago when Cass and I came in, we looked at trying to build the girls program to have it running as best as it can," McIntyre said.
"We've always had super strong boys, but we wanted to create that for girls too.
"We thought that for us to be able to create those pathways, we wanted to see what was required at the next level.
"(From coaching) we can now come back and implement what we learn, because we know what Victoria Country wants."
McIntyre said it also helped them develop as coaches.
"We love it as well of course, but it is really about bringing it back to Horsham," she said.
"For us to show that we're stepping out of our comfort zone, learning and growing as coaches, and then to bring that back to Horsham is pivotal for us to continue to grow our girls program."
Haskett said seeing the quality at state level re-emphasised the strength of the Horsham Basketball Association.
"When we come home from those things, it's really interesting to see that our kids are pretty much on that same level we see at state," Haskett said.
"You see what the expectation is, and we've got girls that are on that level. It's really encouraging."
In addition to the on-court development, Haskett and McIntyre said it was also about helping youngsters grow to become the best people they can be.
McIntyre said it was particularly exciting to have Horsham's Grace Manserra playing with Victoria Country's under-16 girls side at the Australian country cup this week.
"It's super exciting to have Grace coming into the side after she was not previously involved in the Victoria system," McIntyre said.
"Hopefully in the future we can have a few more girls in these programs. The Horsham Basketball Association has had an outstanding 2019 and part of that has been embracing our female participation across all levels.
"The skills and traits that you get from being a part of a team sport is going to help people off the court as well to become great people."
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