Hard work pays off
Wednesday, 7th May, 2014
By Ethan James
Broken Hill basketball player Chelsea Masclet has continued her rise through the junior representative ranks.
Last week, the 15-year-old earned selection in the Under 16 South Australian Country Basketball team that will compete at the Australian National Championships in July.
She has previously been a member of SA Country U14 and U15 teams.
“I’m very happy, last year I was a reserve for the side,” Masclet said.
“They told us the team was going up on the website on 5pm on Monday... I just kind of waited in suspense.
“I was in my room on my laptop at the time and let out a big scream when I saw my name on the screen.”
High Performance Coach Grahame Semmens said Masclet had worked extremely hard after missing selection in the U16 side last year.
“She has put last year’s disappointment behind her and showed the selectors she is a worthy selection,” he said.
“Broken Hill Basketball is extremely proud of Chelsea as she has worked so hard to gain this reward for all her efforts.”
Semmens coached Masclet at the Australian Country Championships in Albury where she skippered the SA Country Magpies who narrowly lost the final to the SA Country Sharks.
“She had a solid week as our point guard,” Semmens said.
“She was a pleasure to coach and a very good team player.
“I expect Chelsea to play a major role in the team’s efforts to bring home a medal... she will always give her very best.”
In a sport dominated by height, Masclet is just five foot four inches.
“I’m probably the shortest one on the team, there are some tall girls out there,” she said.
“And it’s a much bigger competition too ... it’s basically the best from each state.”
Prior to the Championships, Masclet must attend a number of training sessions at Murray Bridge as well as a trial game against SA metro at the South Australian Institute of Sport.
“The distance does make it a bit difficult sometimes, especially with the travel involved but the coaches do a lot for us,” she said.
Along with Semmens, Masclet thanked mentors Anthony Harman and Jay Tonkin for their support and encouragement.