Thursday, April 25, 2024

Ballarat slam dunks new basketball centre

City of Ballarat council has taken a big step forward in its bid to be Australia’s regional centre for 3×3 basketball with the completion of stage two works at Selkirk Stadium.

Funded as part of the State Government’s election commitment $5.2million sports development grant, the centre – formerly Ballarat Sports and Events Centre – has seen three new 3×3 basketball courts, one mobile 3×3 court for events, a regional strength and conditioning centre and a learning centre and façade upgrade built. 

City of Ballarat Mayor, Daniel Moloney said Council recognised the importance of developing sporting options and facilities at every level to encourage participation and provide healthy recreational choices across the Ballarat community. 

“This second stage of development for the Selkirk Stadium is very much aligned to one of our key Council Plan 2021-2025 goal initiatives of a healthy, connected and inclusive community,” Mayor Moloney said.

“It showcases Ballarat’s investment in supporting sport for everyone. In particular it recognises the need to foster youth sport and sports options, for long term social, recreational and economic benefit.

“This is a development that shows our commitment to basketball in Ballarat. It acknowledges the importance of helping athletes physically off the court through the new strength and conditioning facility, as well as helping build their mental preparedness through the new learning centre facility.” 

This weekend will see the 3×3 Big Hustle National Championships showcasing Australia’s best 3×3 basketballers competing over two days.

“Ballarat is aiming to become Australia’s regional home of 3×3 Basketball and the completion of stage two works at Selkirk Stadium and the National 3×3 Big Hustle takes us a couple of steps closer to achieving that,” Mayor Moloney said.

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