Waiheke Marketplace : March 9th 2016
Community shed ready for projects and repairs P5 Waiheke Tiny tots making a splash P3 Wednesday, March 9, 2016 FIRST WITH THE NEWS — EVERYWHERE, EVERY WEEK Geraint Vincent is looking forward to competing against American and Canadian boys when he gets to the basketball tournament in Las Vegas. PHOTO: GEORGE GARDNER Geraint’s off to Las Vegas DIANAWORTHY July can’t come too quickly for Waiheke Island boy Geraint Vincent who is off to Las Vegas to play basketball against teams in the USA. The trip is being organised by independent company New Zealand Storm Basketball. Welsh mum Janet Vincent says her son played for North Harbour Under 12s last year and was asked along with 20 other boys to go for extra training. ‘‘After that, he was notified he had been picked to go to the USfor this tournament. ‘‘It will be for 12 days in July and we’re saving hard for him to make the trip.’’ New Zealand Breakers Basket- ball Team general manager Dillon Boucher, a former Tall Black, is named by Storm as having been involved in past years along with other elite coaches. The boys will be playing teams of the same ages from the States and Canada. Geraint has been playing the sport for four years but says he was quite shocked when he found out he’d been picked as he didn’t think he had enough confidence. It will be particularly tough going up against the tall American juniors for Geraint as he says he is one of the shorter players in his North Harbour team. But that won’t stop him going for it in the competition matches. He’s still waiting for more details but says he knows he’ll be playing in at least two of them. ‘‘I usually play guard but I like the thrill of scoring. It’s the best feeling in the world,’’ he says. ‘‘My training sessions will focus a lot on fitness and I also want to improve my right hand, as I’m naturally left-handed. ‘‘The swimming boot camp at Te Huruhi School for four days during the holidays helped maintain fitness quite a lot.’’ He says although he’ll be playing lots of basketball in the States, he’s looking forward to Storm’s trip to the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Knottsberry Farm and Disneyland. Casinos will be out of the ques- tion until he’s older. It’s the second time he has visi- ted the famous town but he didn’t get to see much. ‘‘The last time I was there, it was with my family and I was a year old,’’ Geraint says.
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