Life changes quickly for some people ….
16-year-old Tyrone King started playing local competition basketball only 2 years ago with Hills Hornets and this week has just been selected for the NSW state junior team to play in the Nationals in Townsville in April.
At 200 centimetres tall it is no wonder that his friends and family thought basketball was an appropriate sport.
“I just signed up for a social comp and after the first game they asked me to come and train with the rep team,” said 16 year old Tyrone.
Once Tyrone started at age 14 he was hooked. He took extra coaching twice a week to fast track the development of his skills and has worked hard on his fitness and court speed.
Shortly after being selected for Hills, Tyrone was spotted for Sydney West before rapidly being pulled into the Basketball NSW School Boys team.
“As soon as I started basketball I loved it and now I put everything I have into it”.
Tyrone’s dream is to receive a basketball scholarship in the US and one-day play for Australia.
After being selected to play for NSW, the next step towards his dream is to join the Basketball NSW Elite Exposure Tour to the USA in July. Here the squad will get exposure to US coaches as they play in tournaments in Indianapolis and Las Vegas.
In order to help fund his trip Tyrone has been the first Australian rising sporting star to join Inspire a Star which is a brand new platform to help children and young people achieve and fund their sporting dreams.
Jill Storey, the founder who is an ex-Deloitte partner, realises that once a young athlete reaches a certain level it can become very expensive for families. Often friends, relatives and members of local clubs would love to help a local star do well on a bigger stage and see how far they can go. Inspire a Star provides an easy to use platform.
If you would like to read Tyrone’s story check out his page on the Inspire a Star platform