JUNIOR basketball in Mareeba ended off with a bang at their recent presentations.
There were roughly 100 kids present to receive awards and remise on a wonderful season gone by.
A Mareeba Basketball Committee spokesperson was thrilled about the season and about a special visitor.
“It’s been a successful season,” they said.
“Numbers have improved since last year and that’s really good to see.
“The finals were very enjoyable to watch, we had some close games.”
The kids were surprised with a local Mareeba boy who made it big; Junior Albert the current manager for the Brisbane Bullets was up in Cairns for his team’s game against the Cairns Taipans and wished to visit his old club again.
Mr Albert was very excited to see his hometown club growing and getting stronger.
“A highlight of the weekend is getting back to my hometown and hanging out with the up and coming ballers,” he said.
“Seeing their growing love and passion for the game is really encouraging.
“It’s good for the kids in Mareeba to see that they can be successful and are not limited by their upbringing.”
Mr Albert also mentioned the possibility of running some clinics in Mareeba during the offseason to further nurture and develop interest for the sport in Mareeba.