THIS week’s MUVJBL’s Girls Got Game award winner Chloe Ene has shown all those wonderful qualities we look for in players… despite not taking the court on Friday.
It’s safe to say Chloe, from Broadmeadows Basketball Association, had a fairly rough start to summer.
The young Broncos’ under-14.1 MUVJBL star – who loves dropping threes and reeling in rebounds – was on her way to training with her mum when disaster struck. Their car was part of a multi-car pile-up, forcing Chloe to head to hospital for a bevy of scans and checks.
Her immediate thought afterwards showed her seriousness about basketball: “can someone call my coach?”
But initial fears about a spinal fracture soon became a clear bill of health as she was discharged and allowed to head home to enjoy her last week of primary school and the end of another strong year on court.
“I was on the way to basketball training and then the accident just happened so quickly and it was really scary for me,” Chloe said. “I went to hospital and did some X-rays and said I might have fractured my spine, but they couldn’t see anything clearly on the MRI so then they did a CT scan and said I was fine.”
She had plenty of friends and family around to get her through her time in hospital, with her first coach bringing her flowers and making sure she’s still smiling.
And her mother started hearing the same old refrain.
“Can I play this week?”
Unfortunately for Chloe her year is all wrapped up due to the accident as she’ll have six weeks on the sidelines to recover and recuperate.
But she’s still as keen as ever to return to the basketball court for her Broncos and her domestic team TLS.
“I’ve got six weeks off but I’ll be back for basketball next year – I’m still training too,” Chloe said. “I loved basketball since I was really little… it’s just my dream and I love to play on those courts, especially with my teammates.
“Just like to be out there… smiling.”
We thought we’d do something different for the Girls Got Game recipient this week and award Chloe for her tenacity, positivity and her love of the game.
On top of the GGG award, Basketball Victoria and MUVJBL brought her a basketball care package with a brand new Molten MUVJBL basketball and some fantastic merchandise to help keep the positivity high heading into the season break.
MUVJBL’s Lyn Payet said it was fantastic to present Chloe with the care package and
“Chloe’s a special girl and it’s great to see her recovering from her accident,” Payet said. “We can’t wait to see her return to the court and make it into Girls Got Game again… but definitely under better circumstances!”
The Ene family wanted to thank Basketball Victoria, the Melbourne Utd. Victorian Junior Basketball League and everyone throughout their basketball community for their kindness and support.