SHOOTING HOOPS: Mia Benson, Luke Padbury, Jesse Hollingworth, Jackson Waldron, Murphy Benson, Riley Waldron and Alec Hollingworth at play.
SHOOTING HOOPS: Mia Benson, Luke Padbury, Jesse Hollingworth, Jackson Waldron, Murphy Benson, Riley Waldron and Alec Hollingworth at play. Tom Gillespie

Aussie Hoops starts back up in Roma this week

JACKSON Waldron might not be able to reach a full-sized basketball hoop just yet, but the six-year-old will definitely try to shoot some in the Rom Aussie Hoops program.

Jackson is one of over 20 kids involved in the program for 2016, which is aimed at improving kids’ basketball skills from a young age.

Standing at just 113cm tall, Jackson said getting a two-pointer was the best feeling on the court.

“It’s really good – I like shooting goals,” he said.

His mother Courtney said Jackson was quite skilled for such a young age.

“He’s actually a really good dribbler – he can keep the ball going,” she said.

Ironically, Jackson admitted he was more at home on a cricket pitch than a basketball court.

“I love cricket and my favourite team is the Sydney Sixers,” he said.

Aussie Hoops co-organiser Katrina Hollingworth said the kids loved learning about the skills of basketball.

“We get about 15-20 usually – at some stages it can blow out to 20 or even 30,” she said.

“It’s a skill-based program where they learn the skills of the game and then they play little games at the end to put it into practice.

“They love it and Mat [Gane, instructor] is really good with the kids.”

The Aussie Hoops program tips off next Friday from 3.15pm at the Maranoa PCYC.

For more information, call Mat on 0407 692 445.


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