Young SW quartet set to take on Pacific’s best

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Dyllan Catalano, Pharell Keats and Malachai Bell, all 12, are set to fly out today to represent WA at the 12 years and under Basketball Championships Pacific School Games in Adelaide.
Camera IconDyllan Catalano, Pharell Keats and Malachai Bell, all 12, are set to fly out today to represent WA at the 12 years and under Basketball Championships Pacific School Games in Adelaide. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock / South Western Times

Four junior South West Slammers are preparing for their biggest test yet, when they head to Adelaide to represent WA in the Australian 12 years and under Basketball Championships Pacific School Games.

Dyllan Catalano and Malachai Bell made the boy’s team, while Pharell Keats was named a reserve and Tiana Frame made the girl’s team.

The quartet will fly out today for the championship where they will take on a number of countries as well as the rest of Australia.

About 4000 school-aged students will participate in 11 different sports at the highest level during the Pacific School Games.

Sports include hockey, swimming, soccer, diving and touch football.

The South West quartet were selected out of more than 200 girls and boys who trialled, with just 10 chosen in each team.

The competition will run from Saturday until Saturday, December 9 and athletes will get an Olympic Games-style experience, with an opening and closing ceremony, as well as an athletes village.

Dyllan said they were all excited to represent WA against the rest of the tough competition.

“We verse India and Malaysia, I cannot wait,” he said.

Dyllan said the more than 10-week training schedule was tough.

“We would work for four hours a session,” he said.

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