Setback for state basketball teams

UPDATED 9.40am, 18/6/21

BECAUSE of the Western Australian government denying a nominated venue as suitable for self-isolation less than 24 hours’ notice before departure, the Victorian under 16 basketball teams state teams were unable to leave Melbourne on Friday to compete in the national championships.
The WA government denied Basketball Victoria’s application to use Bridgetown School Camp as a self-isolation facility, citing it not meeting the quarantine requirements of no shared facilities and single bathrooms.
Four Sale players — Ally Beale, Ash Centra, Tayli Dimarco and Kyra Webb— are part of the Victoria Country under 16s girls’ squad.
Basketball Victoria has expressed disappointment with the decision as it was given assurances the facility was a viable for self-isolation facility and had been used previously for large groups to self-isolate.
The decision has left the Victorian teams without an ability to self-isolate once they arrived because of a lack of other accommodation options.BV high performance staff received approval from the local police about the venue’s suitability and that it would abide by WA government restrictions.
BV chief executive Nick Honey said, despite the best attempts of staff and the sacrifices made by players, coaches and parents, they were informed on Thursday evening that self-isolation at the nominated facility was no longer an option.
“We were assured that this facility met the necessary standards for our 70-person travelling group to self-isolate and the teams have done everything in their power to get to Western Australia and abide by the rules,” he said.
“It is disappointing for the Western Australian government to send mixed messages and effectively stop our Victorian under-16 representatives from representing their state.”
The prohibitive costs of hotel quarantine and inability for players to train or properly exercise for two weeks makes that option unviable.
Anyone who has donated to the Victorian under 16 state teams GoFundMe campaign will be refunded.
BV will continue to assess the situation and gauge options if WA’s COVID rating for Victoria is decreased to “very-low risk” before the tournament, which would allow the teams to fly into WA without self-isolation or quarantine.

Original story

A GOFUNDME page has been established to help the Victoria under 16 basketball teams complete a 14-day self-isolation before competing in the national championships.
A joint decision between parents, athletes, coaches, staff and Basketball Victoria has been made to support the four teams travel to Western Australia and complete a 14-day self-isolation program.
Four Sale players — Ally Beale, Ash Centra, Tayli Dimarco and Kyra Webb— are part of the Victoria Country under 16s girls’ squad.
The Victoria Metro and Country boys’ and girls’ teams will leave Victoria on Friday to ensure they enter WA and complete 14-day of self-isolation ahead of the national championships, which will be held from July 3 to 10.
The players, coaches, team staff
and selected parents will be in self-isolation in a shared facility normally reserved for school camps.
After discussions with the players’ families, Basketball Australia and the Victoria and WA governments, it was determined this to be the most likely option to ensure the teams are able to participate in the championships.
With Victoria’s recent COVID-19 lockdown, the ability for the teams to enter WA for the tournament was contingent on completing a 14-day self-isolation.
Self-isolation, as determined by the WA government, is not as strict as hotel quarantine, with all players, coaches and parents able to move throughout the shared facility across
the two weeks. This will allow the teams a chance to prepare and keep a level of fitness ahead of the event.
Basketball Victoria chief executive Nick Honey said the teams had the full support of the organisation.
“To best enable our athletes and coaches a chance to compete in the Australian Junior Championships we have endorsed our teams going into self-isolation prior to the tournament,” he said.
“While this is a difficult decision, after due consideration and consultation with stakeholders, government and particularly with our 40 selected athletes, parents and coaches, we are pleased to announce that we will support the group to travel to Perth.
“It is a great sacrifice that the parents, coaches, staff and players are set to make, but they are keen to be part of the championships and are willing to do what it takes to help make it happen.
“Each selected athlete’s family has agreed for their child to undertake the self-isolation and are fully onboard with this option.”
A number of funding initiatives have begun across the teams to assist in covering the costs for the quarantine period.
Basketball Victoria is also assisting in subsidising the costs of the self-isolation for selected athletes in financial difficulty.
A fundraising page has been opened by the families to help support the teams and to fund the self-isolation.