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Windley basketballers join 2200 in Sportsfest

Aug 25th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, News, Sport, Top Picture

Picture of the coach of the Windley School basketballers going over the game plan with the team.

Coach Brett Jarman and Windley School basketballers go over the game plan before playing in the Wellington Regional Sportsfest today.

THE Wellington Regional Sportsfest this week provided a break from routine and promoted healthy activities for Windley School basketballers.

Teacher Brett Jarman runs the Porirua school’s basketball programme, and says it is good for them to see new places and new people.

“It’s always nice to get out of your own city.”

Brett, who has been involved in basketball for 40 years and has been coaching since 1993, says basketball and other extracurricular activities help students become well-rounded individuals through building self-confidence and friendships.

Picture of Pene Risale of Windely School about to do a lay-up.

Pene Risale of Windely School about to do a lay-up.

He says the Sportsfest, which involved 2200 children converging on Wellington venues, is about the kids having fun and playing a game they love.

“Win or lose, it doesn’t really matter.”

Students Pene Risale, 9, and Serenity Togafiti,9, both enjoyed the opportunity to play against other schools.

Basketball is popular amongst the pupils at Windley, with the school entering three teams at this year’s Sportsfest, plus 80 children playing this term.

Sahara Melvin-Price, 9, described basketball as a simple sport, while Sid Mabey, 9, said that he liked bouncing the ball.

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