Horsham Basketball coach Bec McIntyre says she is feeling more confident heading into her second stint as an assistant coach of the Country Victoria Under 18 Women's basketball side.
McIntyre's appointment for the 2022 side was announced in September. She held the same role this year when the side went on to win a bronze medal at the national championships in April.
"It was an amazing experience this year," she said.
"I played as a kid, but going as a coach for the first time it was very overwhelming and amazing, but I'm really looking forward to this time because I just know what to expect.
"I'll be in a better position with that bit of experience which will help the team and the other coaches I think."
The 2022 program will be the fourth time McIntyre has been involved; but because of her role as a development coach in 2019 and COVID-19 cancelling the 2020 edition, this will be just her second time at the tournament.
After last year's impressive performance, she is hoping the Victorian Country side can again be competing come the pointy end of the competition.
"Anytime you go to nationals and medal it's a really exceptional result," she said.
"I have got a gold medal as a player and a silver medal, so it kinda created a trifecta for myself now that I've got the bronze.
"You prefer to have the gold, but any medal in a ten-day campaign is a great effort.
"We're always going to do our best, but we're definitely looking to be there at the end of the week and be a part of the medals."
McIntyre's involvement in the elite competition will be of benefit not just to herself, but also to the Horsham Amateur Basketball Association. She is involved in junior programs there as well as being head coach of the Ladies' Horsham Hornets side.
"Every time that you get to go and better yourself, grow, learn and become a better coach, that filters back through our association," McIntyre said.
"One of the reasons that I like to do that is because I like to be current.
"I want to make sure that I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone to be the best coach that I can be so that when I come back to Horsham we're teaching basketball Victoria's philosophies and the way that they want things to be run.
"But also we're giving that opportunity to our kids to be able to be exposed at that level."
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