Ballarat Chosen as Venue for National Basketball Event

Ballarat to Host 2024 Foot Locker Under 20 and Ivor Burge National Championships

Exciting news for basketball enthusiasts! Ballarat has been chosen as the host city for the highly anticipated 2024 Foot Locker Under 20 and Ivor Burge National Championships. This prestigious event will take place at Selkirk Stadium from January 30th to February 4th.

A Showcase of Top Emerging Athletes

The championships are a significant highlight on the basketball calendar, attracting 28 teams from all over Australia. This means that some of the country’s most promising young athletes will be showcasing their skills in Ballarat. It’s an incredible opportunity to witness the future stars of Australian basketball in action.

NBA Global Academy Takes the Stage

Adding to the excitement, the renowned NBA Global Academy will be participating in the men’s division. This means that spectators will have the chance to witness some of the best athletes of the future competing on the court.

Inclusive Competition for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities

The Ivor Burge competition, designed for athletes with intellectual disabilities, will feature six men’s and four women’s teams. This inclusive event highlights the importance of providing opportunities for athletes of all abilities to participate and excel in the sport they love.

Support from the Victorian Government Regional Events Fund

We owe a huge thank you to the Victorian Government Regional Events fund for making this event possible. Their support ensures that regional destinations like Ballarat can host major sporting events, attracting basketball players, support crews, and fans from all over.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos’s Excitement

Minister Steve Dimopoulos expressed his excitement, stating, “It’s fantastic to see national sporting bodies choosing regional Victorian destinations for major events, and Ballarat can look forward to an influx of basketball players, support crew, and fans for the Under 20s National Championships. Through Visit Victoria, we’re backing exciting events that drive more visitors into regional Victoria to experience great events and explore everything on offer.”

Australian Olympians Who Started at U20’s

It’s worth noting that several Australian Olympians have participated in the U20’s event in the past. Athletes like Tess Madgen, Ezi Magbegor, Marianna Tolo, and Dante Exum have all played in this championship before making their mark on the international stage. It’s a testament to the caliber of talent that this event attracts.

Basketball Australia CEO Matt Scriven’s Enthusiasm

Basketball Australia CEO Matt Scriven expressed his delight in choosing Ballarat as the destination for this event. He emphasized, “The Footlocker National Championships are an important part of the development pathway for athletes. Regional Victoria is a great destination for this event; it is the heartland of our sport, with thousands of kids playing in stadiums each week. The games will be extremely competitive, and I encourage people to come and watch the Olympians of the future.”

Exciting Days of Basketball Action

The event will feature referees from all over Australia officiating the games. With three days of pool games followed by three days of finals, the championships will culminate in an exhilarating Grand Final on Sunday.

Tickets for this thrilling event are now available for purchase here.

About the Author

John Smith is a passionate basketball enthusiast and the author of this article. With years of experience in the sport, he aims to share his love for basketball with fellow fans and encourage them to support and celebrate the incredible talent showcased at events like the Foot Locker Under 20 and Ivor Burge National Championships.

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