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Feb 6, 2015

National Basketball Competition, Who Won the Titles?

Twelve primary schools met today to face off in the national basketball competition. Following a series of games through-out the day, Orange Walk’s Louisiana Government School and Mount Carmel Primary from Benque Viejo emerged as best female and male primary school basketball teams in Belize, respectively. News Five was out at Bird’s Isle Basketball Court for the opening this morning.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The National Primary School Basketball Championship brought together over a hundred primary school students to the city. The male and female teams represent the best from each district.

 

Carlos Slusher

Carlos Slusher, National Sports Coordinator, National Sports Council

“This is the National Championship Basketball for primary school and this is really the grand finale. This is where today will name the number one primary school team in the entire country. This lead up to a lot of tournament; local tournament within the districts; for example, we would have Belize City competition, Belize Rural and we have the Belize District representative. When we have each for the district, then they come for the national championship tournament.”

 

One Belize City team was prepared for the games and they were confident going in.

 

Allyana Musa

Allyana Musa, Belize Elementary School

“I expect us to do well. We have a good team and defense and shooting.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What has preparation been like? What did you guys do to prepare for today?”

 

Allyana Musa

“We did some lay ups, practices and passing drills after school.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So what about you, you think you guys gonna win today?”

 

Shaina Young

Shaina Young, Belize Elementary School

“Yes. Definitely.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Which school do you think will be your biggest competition today?”

 

Shaina Young

“I don’t know. I think we can win all of them.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, who you think is gonna be the star- MVP today? From your team?”

 

Shaina Young

“Her.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“You think so?”

 

Allyana Musa

“Yes.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How many points you think you are going to score?”

 

Shaina Young

“A lot.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you are sure that Belize Elementary is going to win today?”

 

Allyana Musa

“Yes. I hope so.”

 

Slusher says that the competition represents more than medals. The sport itself has shaped the personal growth of the young student athletes.

 

Carlos Slusher

“The expression from the kids face when they are here. They get a chance to travel and interact with kids when they are here. We try to make it a fun event and show that it’s not just about winning, but other stuff you get from competition. We are not trying to turn the kids into super athletes or Olympic athletes, but we are trying to turn the kids into better persons; more socially, as leaders. They learn a lot of thing when they are here on the court Our mandate is not to deal specifically with the skills itself, but some of the other things that will help this young person when they leave primary school to become a better person as they go on in life. We are just using sports as an avenue to the kids.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Have you seen kids who played basketball in primary school and move on to the high school level and still engage in it?”

 

Carlos Slusher

“Yes. I see some of the kids are our national team players, and in track and field in various sports a lot of the kids excel and that’s a very good feeling when you see things like that and it encourages you to continue with your program, because we really just; we love that we are providing this avenue for our students because maybe if we didn’t do it, no one would have done it for them. So we are very happy with the results and the success that we have gotten back from the kids, the teachers and the schools.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

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