Basketball Fiji with the Under 15 Coaching and Management team has announced the final 30 member team to the inaugural FIBA U15 Oceania Championships in Papua New Guinea from 3rd Dec – 8th December 2018.
The Boys and Girls team is made up of 15 males and 15 females with 4 management staff.
Girls Head Coach- Seini Samson said “we are confident in the selection of the team. Having named the final team this early gives us enough time to prepare for the tournament in December”
“Two of our youngest players are in primary school but on the court they have proven themselves worthy to represent Fiji in this year’s tournament,” she added
William Peters the head coach for boys’ team said it was a difficult decision for the final team with preparations starting from April’. ‘The boys had continuously improved every week during training sessions, with each one determined to make the final team. At the end we had to select the strongest 12 players’
“Our Aim is to finish at top 4 at the tournament on the understanding that every participating country will be bringing their best teams so competition will be tough and we will have to be at our best” Peters added.
Chief Operations Officer Laisiasa Puamau said there has been a lot of effort and resources put together in our efforts to compete in the inaugural regional U15 qualifiers. We would like to thank the hardworking team manages and coaches, parents, Basketball Fiji executives for the decision to introduce a National U15 Program and Fiji National Sports Commission for their commitment to the teams airfares to Papua New Guinea.
The decision to have an U15 tournament is welcomed by Basketball Fiji Federation, as it will allow our younger players to be involved in the game at a very early age.