Teen makes most of move

East Perth Eagles WABL U16s recruit Chudier Lap. Picture: Marcus Whisson d420246
East Perth Eagles WABL U16s recruit Chudier Lap. Picture: Marcus Whisson d420246

The 15-year-old fled the war-torn country along with his family hoping Australia would provide them with a better life and so far, it has.

Since coming to Perth, Chudier has been involved with the Edmund Rice Centre in Mirrabooka, joining the after-school multisport program.

The aspiring basketball player, who looks up to East Perth Eagle and Perth Wildcats development player Sunday Dech, began playing the sport at his local court and joined the Edmund Rice Eagles group that comes out of a partnership between the centre and the East Perth Basketball Association.

Designed to provide pathways for aspiring basketball players, youth program co-ordinator and coach of the Street Eagles Joe Moniodis, said the program was designed for every child looking to reach their highest potential.

‘We want to break down barriers like cost and transport,’ Moniodis said.

‘There is a tremendous amount of talent that is not being recognised at all levels. This program connects grassroots to high performance, up to State Basketball League level.’

Chudier is now captain of the Street Eagles and has recently made it into the East Perth U16s WA Basketball first team.

He is also part of the Leadership Program and the Edmund Rice Centre Lions, an AFL team of players from refugee backgrounds.