Deadly 3s Brings Far North Queensland Basketball Talent to Cairns
Over 160 players from 20 Indigenous communities across Far North Queensland will come together for PCYC Queensland’s annual Deadly 3s basketball tournament at PCYC Edmonton on Saturday, 24 November.
Now in its fourth year, PCYC Queensland’s Deadly 3s is the only major basketball tournament of its kind in Far North Queensland. Teams come from as far away as Townsville, Mornington Island and the north of Cape York to take part.
Held as part of PCYC Queensland’s Indigenous Community Sport and Recreation Program, the 3×3 mixed male and female tournament is this year officially endorsed by the International Basketball Federation, FIBA.
PCYC Queensland Indigenous Programs General Manager, Andy Cassidy, said the goal of Deadly 3s is to bring communities together in a positive way.
“Deadly 3s is a celebration of Indigenous communities, sport and culture, where participants come together to play a key role in sports development and community engagement,” said Ms Cassidy.
PCYC Queensland North Queensland Indigenous Programs Manager, Paul Phillips, said the event has perpetual benefits.
“For players, their journey begins in community and results in them sharing their experiences and knowledge to organise their own community competitions,” said Mr Phillips.
“PCYC Queensland would like to thank FIBA for their support, as well as our many local community supporters who make this event possible,” he said.
PCYC Queensland South Queensland Indigenous Programs Manager, Daniel Egan, also a former Australian Boomers and NBL player, is excited to see the tournament growing each year.
“I see the 3×3 game as an exciting, flexible model that is adaptable to indoor and outdoor surfaces consistent with PCYC Queensland facilities located within Indigenous communities. Now as a FIBA endorsed event, players can accumulate world ranking points allowing them to enter a real pathway from the streets to the world stage,” said Mr Egan.
Deadly 3s, established in 2015, is organised by PCYC Queensland and delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government as part of the Sport and Culture Corroboree Event Series.