Chris Pearson, Phil Pyne and Bret Madden cast their eyes over the contruction of the basketball courts at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex.
Chris Pearson, Phil Pyne and Bret Madden cast their eyes over the contruction of the basketball courts at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex. Jay Cronan

There's new hope for the hoop

BYRON BAY Basketball Association committee member Chris Pearson believes the new Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex will help resurrect the sport on the Far North Coast.

The multi-purpose building is due to be completed in February and will include two basketball courts.

"If you build it they will come," Pearson said.

"We're calling it the resurrection of basketball on the Far North Coast.

"We want to get a North Coast conference competition running with teams from Byron Bay, Lismore, Ballina, Alstonville, Lennox Head and the Tweed.

"The ultimate goal will be to draw the State League team from that competition."

Pearson believes the National Basketball League returning to free-to-air television in 2010 sparked renewed interest in the sport.

He is also confident the new complex could host State carnivals and training camps for kids with the Gold Coast Blaze NBL team.

"As soon as the NBL went off the air there was a massive nose-dive in popularity," Pearson said.

"The complex is better than I expected it to be and we can offer the facilities for teams competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games too.

"2012 will be a development year for us and we'llbe running a competition where people enter theirown teams."

Lismore Basketball Association life member Len Ward is also excited about the new complex.

"The potential is there and there has been a lot of enthusiasm about it," Ward said.

"The more widespread we can get the game the better and the place at Byron has a lot going for it.

"If we can work together and improve the standard of basketball on the Far North Coast, then it's all worth it."

Anyone interested in entering a team is encouraged to organise numbers as soon as possible.



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