Courtside Dreams to Global Heights: Grace’s Basketball Journey

Year 12 student Grace Foster has had an incredible action-packed few weeks. Her journey took her all the way to Atlanta and Las Vegas, where she had the opportunity to participate in two prestigious basketball programs: the NBA Academy Games and Basketball Without Borders.

Basketball has been an integral part of Grace’s life since Year 4, and her dedication and talent have only flourished with time. Currently, she is a vital member of the Willetton Tigers in NBL1, showcasing her skills on the court with determination and passion.

Looking ahead, Grace’s sights are set on pursuing a college education in America next year while nurturing her aspiration to represent Australia in basketball in the near future.

The NBA Academy, renowned for its elite basketball development initiatives, brings together the finest high-school-age players from across the globe. By participating in this prestigious program, Grace not only honed her skills but also gained invaluable insights and support for creating pathways into collegiate, international, and professional basketball.

Grace also had the privilege of being part of the Basketball Without Borders event, jointly organised by the NBA and FIBA. This global outreach program gathers top-notch players from around the world to learn from esteemed coaches and players. The competitive games held during this event provided a platform for Grace to showcase her exceptional talents, allowing her skills to be noticed by influential figures from the NBA, WNBA, and FIBA. Building connections and relationships with these institutions will undoubtedly shape her promising future in basketball.

Grace’s exceptional abilities and hard work caught the attention of Basketball Australia, earning her well-deserved spots at both camps. As we eagerly look forward to what lies ahead for Grace, it’s not hard to imagine her donning the Opal’s uniform someday, representing her country at the highest level.

What A Term! So Many Opportunities – Jennifer Oaten

As I look back on the past nine weeks, I am so grateful for who we are as a community and what we have achieved. Through the dedication of our staff and the enthusiasm of our students, we have established new connections, immersed ourselves in opportunities and worked through challenges.

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