Young Nayte achieves hoop dream

4 April 2023|Community News, Sport| Off Comments off on Young Nayte achieves hoop dream|

ST Virgil’s Year 11 student Nayte Ackerley is set to represent his country, after being the youngest player selected in Australia’s basketball team for the upcoming World Dwarf Games in Germany.

The largest international sporting event exclusively for athletes with dwarfism, the eighth World Dwarf Games will be held at the Deutsche Sport Hochschule in Cologne from 28 July-5 August.

The event will bring together 500 athletes from around the world to compete in a range
of individual and team sports including archery, badminton, boccia, powerlifting, soccer, swimming, track and field, table tennis and volleyball.

Australia won the bronze medal in basketball at the most recent World Dwarf Games, held in Canada in 2017, and will be hoping to challenge for the gold this time around.

Sixteen-year-old Nayte, who will be the youngest Australian athlete and only Tasmanian at the games, said he is thrilled for the opportunity to represent his country. He will travel with his dad Wayne and his uncle on his first overseas trip.

Nayte started school basketball at St Virgil’s when a friend and role model encouraged him to try the sport in Year 5. He hasn’t looked back since, and currently balances his sporting aspirations with his senior secondary studies.

He has shown his commitment to the sport, continuing to play for his school and the New Norfolk Basketball Association and also refereeing matches when the need arises.

It was at the New Norfolk club that Nayte first heard about the World Dwarf Games
and set his mind on making the national team. The 2019 Games were cancelled because of COVID, which allowed Nayte more time to develop his skills.

He is one of about 40 Australian athletes headed to Germany in July. To help Team Australia get there, you can make a donation via

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