Teen basketball player Bekks Coll

Big ambitions on court

by Andy Bryenton

Ruawai teenager Bekks Coll is doing in real life what many young people can only simulate on popular video game NBA2K20 and has been selected to represent New Zealand in a top youth basketball tourney in Australia.

At just 12 years old, Bekks has been selected for the U14 Girls HoopNation team, to play at the Eltham tournament in Melbourne in January. Her mum, Diane, is proud of her achievements since early last year.

“She has played in the Ruawai college year 7/8 team, as well as the AIMS games three-a-side team. She got selected by Kaipara basketball to go on the Cameron Academy Melbourne tour in June. She was also selected to attend a basketball clinic in Whangarei with famous player Steven Adams.

“Bekks played in the super city tournament for Northland U13 girls, then for Northland at the U13 Regionals tournament in Tauranga. During Labour weekend she played at the HoopNations tournament, again in Tauranga, which is the biggest basketball tournament in New Zealand. Selectors there picked her for the team to head to Aussie.”

The only issue for Bekks is getting funds to reach this next stage of the competition. The trip to Melbourne costs $4,000, and it’s a financial stretch for the family, says Diane. They are appealing for help with sponsorship, donations, fundraising ideas or extra work to raise funds over the holidays before the tourney in January. If you can assist, or have an idea to share, call Diane on 021 167 7775.