A joint decision between parents, athletes, coaches, staff and Basketball Victoria has been made to support the four Victorian Under-16 state teams to travel to Western Australia and complete a 14-day self-isolation program from 18 June.
The teams will leave Victoria this Friday to ensure they enter Western Australia and complete 14-day of self-isolation ahead of the Australian Under-16 Junior Championships that are being conducted from 3-10 July. The athletes, coaches, team staff and selected parents will be in self-isolation in a shared facility normally reserved for school camps from 18 June until 2 July prior to the Championships.
After discussions with the athletes’ families, Basketball Australia and the Victorian and Western Australian Governments over the last few weeks, it was determined this to be the most likely option to ensure the teams are able to participate in the Championships. With Victoria’s recent COVID-19 lockdown, the ability for our teams to enter Western Australia for the tournament was contingent on completing a 14-day self-isolation.
Self-isolation, as determined by the Western Australian Government, is not as strict as hotel quarantine, with all players, coaches and parents able to move throughout the shared facility across the two weeks. This will allow the teams a chance to prepare and keep a level of fitness ahead of the event.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the teams have the full support of the organisation.
“To best enable our athletes and coaches a chance to compete in the Australian Junior Championships we have endorsed our teams going into self-isolation prior to the tournament,” Honey said. “While this is a difficult decision, after due consideration and consultation with stakeholders, government and particularly with our 40 selected athletes, parents and coaches, we are pleased to announce that we will support the group to travel to Perth”
“It is a great sacrifice that the parents, coaches, staff and players are set to make, but they are keen to be part of the championships and are willing to do what it takes to help make it happen.
“Each selected athlete’s family has agreed for their child to undertake the self-isolation and are fully on-board with this option.”
A number of funding initiatives have been started across the teams to assist in covering the costs for the quarantine period. Basketball Victoria is also assisting in subsidising the costs of the self-isolation for selected athletes in financial difficulty.
A fundraising page has been opened by the families to help support the teams and to fund the self-isolation: https://gofund.me/b96ef498