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Koorie Basketball Academy youth earn first dibs at new state of the art basketball centre

Joseph Guenzler -

The Koorie Basketball Academy claimed the spotlight during the recent grand inauguration of the State Basketball Centre.

Leading the way, the Academy's youth were among the first trainees at this state-of-the-art complex.

Their presence also provided an opportunity to interact with Victoria's Premier Jacinta Allan, Sports Minister Steve Dimopoulos, and Knox Mayor Jude Dwight, alongside associates from Knox Council and Australian legend Lauren Jackson.

"Victoria is the home of basketball in Australia," Ms Allan said.

"Having facilities like this just continue to inspire the next generation... to continue to train and participate and stay connected to basketball and their communities."

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The Koorie Academy youngsters also presented handmade clap sticks crafted by Ricky Baldwin to the Premier.

Additionally, a message stick was offered to Kate Roffey, the President of Melbourne FBC and newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the State Sport Centres Trust, also crafted by Ricky Baldwin.

Koorie Academy Students present a message stick to Kate Roffey. (Image: Supplied)

The Message Stick story unfolds on the sacred grounds of the Wurundjeri people at the State Basketball Centre, symbolising a journey of unity and respect.

Footprints on the land represent a community walking together towards a future of inclusivity, while a circle signifies togetherness and shared learning from the rich history of the First Nations Peoples.

The story, guided by the Ancestral Wedge-tailed Eagle Bunjil, culminates at the Centre, where architectural ripples mirror the joy of the game, weaving a narrative of respect, unity, and celebration by Mr Baldwin, a Gunaikurnai artist.

"And a huge thank you to the parents who drove from all over Victoria to be a part of this special day," Mr Baldwin said.

"Koorie Academy kids are certainly too deadly and we are always very proud of each and everyone of you. 2024 clinics to be announced soon."

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