Trinity basketballers off to Alice
FRESH-FACED Trinity Catholic College students are hard at work preparing to take on nationwide rivals in tough basketball action.
A team of nine girls from the Lismore college is training for this year's Australian Marist Basketball Carnival.
Teams from Marist schools across the country will feature in the event.
College basketball co-ordinator Kellie Coates said she hoped this year's carnival would be a great learning - and enjoyable - experience for her side.
"In some ways we are reinventing the wheel this year," she said.
"We have a young team that we are trying to build for this event for the next three or four years.
"If we win a few games, that's great, but this is really a learning experience for us."
St John's College, Woodlawn, is also sending a team to the Alice Springs carnival from April 2 to 5.
A huge fund-raising effort has helped fund Trinity's trip, during which the girls will also visit some popular tourist sights.
Coates said her side had been in training since October.
"It's a high level of competition," she said.
"We need to prepare the kids well in advance so they can be competitive.
"There will be some really high- quality players on offer.
"It should be a great event and we cannot wait."
Coates thanked everyone who was assisting the school and had helped the fundraising effort.