First In Australia
By Mark O’Brien
At just 16, former Westfields Sports High School student Shane Harris-Tunks is in the mix for the under-19
world basketball championships in July.
The towering centre, who already stands 207 cms tall, has been trialling for the Australian team at the Australian Institute
of Sport in Canberra since January.
“It’s been a fairly hectic schedule,” he said. “But playing against these guys day-in, day-out has really improved my game.”
The Australian Team will be selected at the end of May, with another squad to be chosen in two years for the 2009
“There are a lot of guys who have been here a lot longer than me,” Harris-Tunks said.
“So while I’m a possibility for the 2007 squad, it’s more likely to be part of the 2009 team.”
With limited number of positions on offer, Harris-Tunks said things could get pretty competitive during the selection camps.
“Everyone wants a place on the team,” he said.
“But what happens on the court is left there. Everyone is living away from home down here, so friends are all you have.
You’ve got to be pretty tight with all these guys because you are all living together, going to classes, training together.”
Harris-Tunks will be hoping that part of the bonding will include conquering the basket-balling world together.
Wednesday 14th March 2007