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Sports Minister Kemp scores three-pointer with new basketball program.



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Sports Minister Kemp scores three-pointer with new basketball program

The Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, today announced a new program to boost the participation of primary school-aged children in basketball.

Joined by Opals national women's basketball star Laura Summerton, Senator Kemp introduced the new initiative at the Australian Institute of Sport, where some of Australia's finest men's and women's basketballers honed their skills.

'Aussie Hoops is an exciting new four-step initiative that helps break down the barriers to children playing basketball and introduces them to the fundamentals of the game,' Minister Kemp said.

'Aussie Hoops presents children with a range of activities and a pathway from introduction through to club membership and competition.'

Basketball Australia and the Australian Sports Commission are jointly funding the Aussie Hoops program, which is one of 20 sports initiatives supported by the Federal Government through the Sports Commission's Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program.

The Targeted Sports Participation Growth Program is central to the Federal Government's sports policy, Backing Australia's Sporting Ability - A More Active Australia , which aims to create awareness of the benefits of sport and significantly increase the number of people participating in sport throughout Australia.

Senator Kemp welcomed the initiative to boost children's participation and membership in basketball, describing the partnership between the Australian Sports Commission and Basketball Australia an excellent example of a cooperative approach to supporting grass-roots sport in Australia.

It is proposed that Aussie Hoops will be rolled out in every State and Territory and engage 700,000 primary school-aged children across Australia delivering some 100,000 new members over three years.

CANBERRA

14 October 2002

Media contact: Richard Wise Minister's Office 02 6277 7350 or 0438 204 554