Chargers return to Elwick

By Josh Willie

Labor Member for Elwick

 

AS a proud player sponsor of the Hobart Chargers, it’s exciting to see them playing highly competitive and entertaining basketball.

Halfway through the season, the men’s team sits on top of the ladder and the women’s team is enjoying a terrific season.

The Chargers are thriving on and off the court under the leadership of incoming president, David Bartlett.

Taking on the role, David identified the needs of the club and designed a plan to have the club NBL ready in three-years.

Volunteers, supporters, fans, players and coaches have a lot to be proud of. Players are creating success on the court, including home grown talent and crowd favourite Tiri Masunda.

The club has secured big name sponsors and returned to the Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC) to play its home games.

The DEC is the premier events venue in Elwick and I was quick to lobby the club and the Glenorchy City Council, advocating the DEC as the perfect Chargers base.

The Chargers secured the DEC and the Glenorchy City Council committed to a court upgrade, which is now of world-class standard.

The Chargers home base in Elwick is important to many at the club and they pride themselves in giving back to our community.

Players make regular appearances at events around Glenorchy, including the recent “Alive in the Park” event for National Youth Week

Students from local primary and high schools have also had the opportunity to meet their on-court heroes, play a game of basketball, develop their skills and understand the importance of healthy and active lifestyles.

More recently, the Chargers launched the Hobart Chargers Community Camp engagement initiative, designed to get basketball into schools and drive the next generation of champions.

Both the men’s and women’s teams play a double header at every DEC home game with quality off-court entertainment including an American-style brass band, lots of giveaways and appearances by mascot Rex the Rhino – who is a favourite with the kids.

As part of the clubs’ three-year plan, they aim to average 3000 people attending home games.

It’s great to have high quality basketball back in the northern suburbs and I encourage you to join the stampede and get along to a game with your friends and family soon.

Caption: Hobart Chargers incoming president David Bartlett, left, with Labor Member for Elwick Josh Willie.

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