Waugh wins silver

SALE basketballer Indigo Waugh has returned from New Zealand with a silver medal, after representing Country Australia in the Mel Young Easter Baseketball Classic.

Indigo was one of three Victorians selected to play in NZ’s biggest basketball tournament of the year.

“Firstly I was selected at the local skills days and academy program and after two weekend camps in Traralgon I made it through as part of the Gippsland squad to the Golden Nugget Camp in Shepparton,” Indigo said.

“From there two teams were selected to go to the Southern Cross Cup and two teams went to the Australian Junior Basketball Cup in Albury.

“I was really pleased just to get to Albury and learn from coaches from across country Victoria, but I ended up being selected in the Australian squad of 10 and I got to play for Australia in New Zealand.”

One hundred and twenty-two teams competed in the Mel Young tournament, held in the Bay of Plenty region.

Indigo’s Australian under 14 team played up an age group and competed in the under 15 women’s A division.

“We finished the qualifying rounds with one loss by just one point and that put us straight through to the grand final on Easter Monday,” Indigo said.

The grand final was played against Waitakere. It was a close game with many lead changes, but Australia went down by nine points.

Indigo finished the weekend with a silver medal representing country Australia with pride.

“To travel and play overseas representing country Australia was an amazing experience,” Indigo said.

“It was very special to put on a green and gold uniform for the first time and an experience that I will always remember. 

“I made a lot of new friends and had a fantastic time.”

Sale Amateur Basketball Association vice-president Mel Johnston said the association was proud of Indigo’s achievements.

“Indigo is one of those players who works hard, never misses a training, and sets an example for our younger players,” she said.

“She deserves every success that comes her way.

“The whole family are great supporters of our club and we are all very proud of Indigos’ achievements throughout this year, culminating by representing Australia in New Zealand.”