Motivation Australia and local partners ASSERT successfully completed the first Timor-Leste Wheelchair Basketball Clinic last month. This clinic introduced athletes to the basics of the sport and provided three Timorese coaches with the skills to lead sessions throughout the year. The Basketball Clinic was run by Eric Russell, Paralympic Coach and athlete, Liesl Tesch, Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketball player and Jackie Lauff, Occupational Therapist volunteer with Motivation Australia. For the rest of the one-year programme, ASSERT will lead weekly sessions at their own basketball court to give regular opportunities for training and games.
We would like to thank the Australian Sports Commission for their funding under their Sports Outreach Program ASOP. We would also like to thank Spalding Australia donated two mobile basketball stands to ASSERT.