Former NBA player inspires youth

By Shepparton News

Sports Education Development Australia students have received tips and tricks from former NBA player Chris Anstey.

SEDA College teacher Katie Heard said the Years 11 and 12 students from SEDA College attended the session at the Sports Precinct in Shepparton yesterday morning.

‘‘As part of the senior school program the students are affiliated with various sporting bodies, and Basketball Victoria have provided Chris’ time as part of an industry leader session,’’ she said.

Ms Heard said throughout the session Mr Anstey covered various topics related to coaching, working with athletes and becoming the best person each could be. She said he shared some of his experiences from the NBA and answered questions, before finishing off the session teaching the students some practical court skills.

Year 12 SEDA College student Matthew Dodd said the session with Mr Anstey was a great opportunity to meet an NBA star but also to learn what took place for him to get to a professional level. He said Mr Anstey encouraged them to dream big and to work hard towards achieving their dreams.

‘‘Something Chris said was that as a coach he doesn’t care about the skill levels as much as he cares about the effort players put in,’’ Mr Dodd said.

Something else which stood out to him was that Mr Anstey said it was not about what happened on the court but more importantly what a player was doing off the court.

He said the session was inspiring and it was great to be able to learn from someone of Mr Anstey’s experience.

Ms Heard said as the majority of the students were not yet able to drive, having Mr Anstey travel to them was a valuable opportunity and every student was able to take something away from the session regardless of the sport they played.