Australia Basketball Coaches To Assist Local Coaches With Pacific Games Prep

Two high-profile Australian basketball coaches will be attending Basketball Fiji’s national training sessions this week.

Scott Butler and former Australian Opals Coach Lori Chizik will be in Suva, through the support of PacificAus Sports, to support Fiji’s national coaches as they prepare for the Pacific Games scheduled to be held in the Solomon Islands in two months.

Basketball Fiji Chief Operating Officer and Men’s Head Coach, Lai Puamau, said having Butler and Chizik mentor coaching staff and players will lift the standard of the game locally.

“Through the support of PacificAus Sports, we are fortunate to have top coaches and experts in the sport to provide technical training to both our national and local coaches,” Puamau said. “This will facilitate the growth of the sport locally and help improve our preparation for the Pacific Games and other regional competitions.”

“I am a mentor for a number of coaches in Australia, male and female, and anytime I can assist another coach and work with them and their program I am happy to be involved,” Chizik said.

Chizik said that she mentors several coaches in Australia, regardless of gender, and is always eager to lend her support and collaborate on programs.

“I have had a wonderful career in basketball and if I can impart any of my knowledge and experiences to others, then that is all part of my journey and the bigger picture. I look forward to working with Basketball Fiji helping their high-performance program prepare for the Pacific Games at the end of the year.”

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