New worlds opening for athlete

Chudier Lap plays basketball with his brother D.J. (5).
Chudier Lap plays basketball with his brother D.J. (5).

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 arriving in 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, a group which runs in partnership between the centre and the East Perth Basketball Association.

The program is designed to provide pathways for aspiring basketball players. Co-ordinator and Street Eagles coach Joe Moniodis said the program was designed for every child looking to reach their highest potential.

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

‘There is a tremendous amount of talent that is not being recognised at all levels.

‘The beauty of this program is that it connects grassroots to high performance, all the way up to the 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 has also been a part of the Leadership Program, as well as the Edmund Rice Centre Lions, an Aussie Rules team consisting of players from refugee backgrounds.

‘This team gave me so much. I thought this was a great opportunity, and that I’d better take it if I wanted to be a serious basketball player,’ Chudier said

For more information about the programs offered at the centre, call 9349 9660 or email ercyouthleaders@gmail.com.