The Great Southern Amateur Basketball Association caters for everyone

READY TO PLAY: The Special Needs Basketball Program is very popular every Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at the Victor Harbor Recreation Centre.
READY TO PLAY: The Special Needs Basketball Program is very popular every Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at the Victor Harbor Recreation Centre.

The Great Southern Amateur Basketball Association is well known and respected for its basketball programs and participation rates for all ages. But little is known of a basketball program that has such an intense competition each Thursday night.

The association's Special Needs Basketball Program is held every Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and co-ordinator for the past 10 years, Gus Telfer, said the games were as hotly contested as any basketball game.

"The program gives people an opportunity to have a game of basketball, who may struggle playing in the main stream competition," Gus said.

"It is an inclusive program and the joy and competition that occurs each week is so fantastic to see. There are people who have developed their game so well that they do play in the main stream competition as well.

"It is a confidence builder for the players on Thursday nights."

The program is a mixed competition for high school aged players and older and the association is aiming to grow the program through to lower ages. There are more than 20 players who take part in the Special Needs Basketball Program and the teams that make up the competition are Dragons, Heat, Kings and Breakers.

"The games get very intense and they all play to win. It has proven very popular with spectators and the grand final of the Summer Season will be played on Court 2," Gus said.

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