YEAR 4 Students at Beechboro Christian School were on Wednesday 27 April visited by Tom Jervis and Matt Knight from champion NBL team, the Perth Wildcats.
Tom Jervis ran a series of warm ups, drills, games and competitions with the students, including activities from regular Wildcats trainings. Students practiced catching, dribbling, shooting and ball skills and the “monster walk” (bouncing the ball between your legs).
Sports Teacher Mrs. Alison Cross said it was very encouraging to have the champion players visit the school. “We are focussing on basketball this term, and it’s great to have the Wildcats players visit and encourage the kids,” said Mrs. Cross.
“It’s great for them to be motivated that sport is fun, and basketball is a game that everyone can join in. It encourages the students that you can make a career of sport – and anything is possible with hard work and determination”, she said.
The students also took photos with the players and received autographs while Tom Jervis answered questions from the class. Questions from the class ranged from “Why are you so tall?” to “Have you ever done a slam dunk” and “When did you start playing basketball?”.
“I’m not going to lie – my dad is extremely tall – but I also love my vegetables. Peas, corn, carrot, broccoli, bok choi – eating well helped me end up so big”, Tom answered.
“Slam Dunking is easy when you are close to the ring – and some of the players on our team are very athletic as well.
“I started playing when I was 5 years old, and a lot of practice went in to getting to where I am today.
“But my parents said, and I always say that school work comes first, because that helps you get a career in whatever you want to do”, said Tom.