Helping others is what has turned Cockburn Cougars’ Zac into a young star

Zac Harris started playing basketball when he was seven.
Zac Harris started playing basketball when he was seven.

THERE is no doubting Zac Harris’ ability on the basketball court.

But it is effort helping others, combined with his playing ability, that have seen him nominated as a Local Sports Star. The small forward/ power forward started playing when he was seven.

Turning 16 on Friday, it is safe to say he has not looked back. Across his junior career he has played for the Spearwood Hawks, helped WA win bronze at the U12 State Schoolboy Championships, won bronze with WAs U16s metro state team in 2016 and played WABL with the Cockburn Cougars.

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His nomination as a Local Sports Star not only incorporates his dedication and fair play on the court, but also to helping others.

“What inspired me to give back to the great community I’m living in was the effort clubs, coaches, and Basketball WA through the State Performance Program have put into developing me,” he said.

“I want to help other kids who may not be as fortunate to have the same coaches and the opportunities that I had and currently have.”

Zac said playing hard but fair was a key feature of his game, something he has earned plenty of plaudits for.

“What inspires me to play fair is the respect that I have for basketball and for my opponents,” he said.