Role model takes things seriously

WA Youth Awards recipient Jarrad Prior. Picture: Marcus Whisson d399375
WA Youth Awards recipient Jarrad Prior. Picture: Marcus Whisson d399375

The 25-year-old recently won the Recreate category of the WA Youth Awards for his basketball volunteering efforts.

He is the coach of the Perth Redbacks under 14 team, helps run the Perth Basketball Association’s Aboriginal Engagement Program and travels to country towns to run skills sessions.

Prior said these roles required him to act as a role model both on court and off.

‘The team I coach watch me play on the court, so if I do something wrong they always pick it up,’ he said.

‘It also means that after games I don’t go out with the boys because I have to be back at the courts in the mornings, ready to coach the juniors.’

Prior said visiting regional towns to promote basketball and help develop young players was a very rewarding experience.

‘It is an opportunity to use your skills and be appreciated. The kids love any tips and opportunities you give to them,’ he said.

Prior is approaching his 200th game as a member of the Perth Redbacks SBL team this year. He is also in his final year of studying law.

‘I think I will be playing basketball until I physically can’t, and coaching will be the same,’ he said.