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Students dump the books to dunk the balls at Reclink Community Series basketball event

MORE than 100 high school students swapped the classroom for the basketball court on Monday as part of the Reclink Community Series.

The series features a range of different sports initiatives across the school year to get children out of the classroom and provide sporting opportunities they might not usually be afforded.

Students from 10 Hobart high schools competed to be crowned 3x3 Community Hustle Champions at the Swisherr Hoops Academy in Hobart.

Year 10 Rose Bay High student Phoebe Eyles said she had a great time at the event.

“It was really good and we got to spend a lot of time on the court, which was great,” she said.

“It was my first time being involved in one of these events and I think it’s a great thing to get people out of the classroom and trying something new.”

Reclink project co-ordinator Brett Geeves said it was great to see the events being embraced by local schools and he was thrilled with the opportunities it provided students.

“The growth of the series has been great and today was a major success and the kids were buzzing to be out there,” Mr Geeves said.

Mr Geeves said six students at the event were awarded basketball development scholarships to cover registration fees and uniform costs for their local basketball club, an initiative to break down cost barriers often associated with junior sport.

Original article sourced HERE from The Mercury (Hobart). Written by Jarrod Lawler and Kenji Sato.

Image: Sam Sales, 16, of Huonville High School, Samryn Hawkes, 16, of Sorell School, and Phoebe Eyles, 16, of Rose Bay High School. Picture Nikki Davis-Jones.


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