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5 October, 2021

National level play for Mareeba local

RISING local basketball star Kieran Turner has just returned from Darwin playing in the Australian Junior Championships as a Queensland representative.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba local Kieran Turner has just returned from his first ever Australian Junior Basketball Championships that were held in Darwin.

The 15-year-old was meant to play in the original championships scheduled for Perth earlier in the year, but it was rescheduled to Darwin due to lockdowns and COVID restrictions.

Sporting his no.11 jersey Kieran was able to get out onto the court and face off against some fierce competition over the seven days.

This was Kieran’s first time in a competition of this caliber and he absolutely loved it, soaking up any and all information he could.

Gold medals, good experiences and good training were the top three things on Kieran’s mind during this time.

“I thought I’d have a shot at this competition, and it’s been really exciting to possibly be the number one team in the country,” he said.

“It was great, the competition was tough but it was good fun playing and hanging out."

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