A CARINE basketball player hopes to make an improved showing at her second School Sport Australia Combined Basketball Championships this week.
Carine Senior High School Year 11 student Maddison Hooper (16), who also plays for the Stirling Senators, jetted off to Terrigal, New South Wales this morning.
The Senators wing is one of 12 public and private school students representing WA’s aged 18 and under basketball team.
Maddison, who made her state basketball league (WSBL) debut this year, said she was excited to play for WA again.
“I think it is a good opportunity, I love going away with state schools…it is always a lot of fun and you get to make good friendships over there,” she said.
“The state schools team this year have been training for four months now and we just got put together.
“It is always a lot of fun, all the girls are fun to be around and we learn to gel really well because state teams are changing a lot.”
As the youngest player in the Senators’ WSBL and D-league teams, Maddison said it was always difficult to juggle basketball and her studies.
“I have training in the mornings before school and then after school quite a lot of the time,” she said.
“So, I do a lot of study in car trips on the way to training as well.”
She said she dreamed of playing in college leagues since she started as a seven-year-old.
“I would love to go play in America one day and Europe as well, I have got no colleges in mind, just any one that will take me,” she said.
The championships start today and will run until August 12.