Duane Willemsen is closing in on NSW Catholic School representation.
Duane Willemsen is closing in on NSW Catholic School representation. Supplied

Duane to contest state titles

LISMORE basketballer Duane Willemsen is one step closer to representing New South Wales after selection in the Catholic School State polding team.

The 11-year-old will head to Coffs Harbour in May to compete in the NSW Primary School Sports Association tournament.

"He is a big kid for his age and can cover a few positions," Lismore Basketball Association coaching director and father Michael Willemsen said.

"It's pretty exciting to see kids from Lismore performing at a higher level."

The St Cartages Primary School student was chosen off the back of his recent form at selection trials in Lismore.

The polding team is selected from Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast, Bathurst, Armidale and Lismore.

Duane was the only player north of Coffs Harbour to make the team.

He follows in the footsteps of Lismore juniors Daniel Bennie, Teagan McWhirter and Caralie Wilson, who all played in the Australian Junior Country Championships earlier this month.

"The parents have really been behind us and the kids are getting some good opportunities," Michael Willemsen said.



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