Jack aims high for nationals

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Jack Flynn is preparing to travel to the Sunshine Coast in July where he will represent Western Australia in the U16 Men National Championships as a country team member.
Camera IconJack Flynn is preparing to travel to the Sunshine Coast in July where he will represent Western Australia in the U16 Men National Championships as a country team member. Credit: Pierra Willix

Like many young and dedicated sports enthusiasts, most days of Jack Flynn’s week are taken up by his sporting love — basketball.

Currently playing for three teams — the Dunsborough Oilers, South West Slammers and WA State Team — Jack will soon travel to the Sunshine Coast where he will represent WA in the under-16 men’s national championships as a country team member.

The selection process for the competition began last year, with Jack making it through a series of training sessions to make the team.

He will be joined there by fellow Busselton Basketball Association player Rohan Stokes.

Being selected to represent the State was no small feat for the 15-year-old, and Jack said he was “pretty excited” to have made the cut.

Oilers Men’s Basketball Club president Travis Fassom said since joining the Oilers development league three years ago, Jack had shown dedication to the sport and his teams,.

That is why a GoFundMe fund-raising page has been set up to help send Jack to the national competition in July.

“Like many parents who have to travel a lot for their kids’ sports in the region, we wanted to help out Mark and Alli (Jack’s parents) so they didn’t have to fork out thousands of dollars for Jack to be able to go over to the competition,” he said.

“We really just wanted to get behind Jack and help out.”

Mr Flynn said he was incredibly proud of his son for making the team, and that it was “good to see him getting recognised for all the effort he puts in”.

To help get Jack to the nationals go to www.gofundme.com/u16-national-basketball-champs-2018.

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