U/16 West Australian basketball talent Alastair

When the under-16 West Australian basketball team takes to the court at the upcoming national championships, they’ll benefit from having the talent and experience of local teenager Alastair Ishigami-Sims on their side.

The 15-year-old South West Academy of Sport athlete has secured a spot in the WA country team for the second consecutive year, and is looking forward to making his return to the national stage.

“Last year, it was a good experience,” he said.

“This year, I’ll be trying to build on my experience from last year.”

The championships will attract some of the most exciting young basketballers in the country when they are held in Perth during July.

Ishigami-Sims said the level of competition at the annual contest was “definitely a step up” from what was experienced within WA.

He said it would be a good chance to both see how he’s improved since last year, as well as an opportunity to see how he measures up against the best in the country.

Through SWAS, the promising point guard and shooting guard has been making use of the services provided by Maximum Results and training with basketball coach Steve Hawkins.

In the lead-up to the championships, the Pelican Point resident and Bunbury Catholic College student will also continue training in Perth.

The 2017 Helloworld Under-16 Australian Junior Championships will take place at Perth’s Warwick Stadium from July 8 to 15.