Local basketballer Keely O’Brien using rejection as motivation

Pictured is Keely O'Brien. (West Leederville)
Pictured is Keely O'Brien. (West Leederville)

LOCAL teenager Keely O’Brien did not let failure stop her from pursuing her sporting dreams.

The 17-year-old John Curtin College of the Arts student was knocked back when she tried out for the School Sports WA basketball team last year.

However persistence paid off for Keely, who used the rejection to make herself better, setting herself eight hours of training a week before returning to SSWA tryouts.

This time, she made the team.

She said something had to give in her schedule as she tried to balance Year 12 studies and basketball, but that even rejections were good learning points.

“Since the season has started, I have had to quit work so I can balance my basketball and study,” she said.

“I’m constantly trying out for anything that comes up.

“Even if I don’t get into anything, it’s an extra bit of training,” she said.

The SSWA basketball competition is on in NSW from August 6 to 12.

Local players who made SSWA basketball teams

SSWA U12 Boys: Riley Eves (Cockburn Cougars)

SSWA U12 Girls: Mia Jacobs (Lakeside Lightning)

SSWA U18 Girls: Ruby Benn (Cockburn Cougars)

SSWA U18 Girls: Abbey Cowan (Cockburn Cougars)

SSWA U18 Girls: Kahlia Morgan (Cockburn Cougars)

SSWA U18 Girls: Annie Tubby (Lakeside Lightning)

SSWA U18 Boys: Rowan Mackenzie (Lakeside Lightning)