Kirby takes on junior coaching role
BASKETBALL: Rhiannon Kirby was just shooting hoops for fun when the Lockyer Valley Basketball Association poached her to join a team.
She was at the Lockyer Sports and Aquatic Centre when the association found out she wasn’t just a player, but a coach as well.
It’s been a about a year since Kirby, 20, joined the club, playing in the seniors division and coaching about 20 juniors each week with the help of two additional coaches.
“I played on the seniors team for a bit before Angelique Rhodes (treasurer) found out I had my coaching certificate,” Kirby said.
“This year I put my hand up to coach and it’s heaps of fun.”
Kirby started playing basketball when she was six-years-old and spent most of her youth playing in Logan.
She went on to play rep basketball and started coaching when she was in year 12.
“I like seeing all the kids have fun and the progress they make,” Kirby said.
She’s taken on a second coaching role with the Lockyer, club spending time with up-and-coming junior basketballers in the Aussie Hoops program.
“Even in the last four weeks of Aussie Hooks, the kids have all improved so much and all we’ve really been doing fun games,” she said.
Kirby moved to the Lockyer Valley to study vet technology at UQ Gatton and said through basketball, she was able to meet more people from the district..
“I didn’t know anyone in town except for the people at uni before I started playing basketball here,” she said.
Kirby takes to the courts each Tuesday night with a male-dominated team but says that doesn't faze her.
“They’re pretty cautious and they’re not really that tough,” she said.
She’s since joined the committee and has taken up a role on the fundraising team for the association.
Kirby said she was considering progressing her coaching further in the future.
“I enjoy being able to pass on what I know to others,” she said.
Club treasurer Angelique Rhodes said Kirby has been a great asset to the club.
“She is also a coach to the under 14s and Aussie Hoops on a Saturday as well as a committee member,” Rhodes said.
“She’s a lovely person and we are so lucky to have her in the club.”