Hoops academy still bouncing along

Young people remain in focus for basketball in the Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands Basketball Association reminds the public it is staging its basketball academy every Saturday at First Baptist Church in George Town. The sessions run until 15 December.

The academy started last year, attracting some of the best coaching talent on-island such as Duran ‘Trinni’ Whittaker. Under the guidance of technical director for Cayman basketball Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro, the academy has helped prodigies like Peter Grant excel in various local competitions.

Kings Sports Centre is playing host to another youth endeavour, in the form of the Kings after-school programme. That initiative teaches fundamentals to youngsters and runs until 14 December.

Meanwhile, the association’s Under-19 league sees week nine of its matches on Saturday, 1 December, at the court off Eastern Avenue. Bodden Town battles the Esso Blazers at 3pm with John Gray High School facing the Wolves at 4.30pm. Behind Peter Grant, the Wolves sit atop the league standings after starting out the year 4-0.

A steady face in the various programmes is Daniel Augustine, Cayman’s national men’s coach. The association congratulates Augustine on being accepted into an intensive coaching programme in the United States.

Augustine received a full scholarship on behalf of Olympic Solidarity and the United States Olympic Committee. He has gone through three sections of the programme, with the final stage slated for April 2013.

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