New season gets some extra ‘Pop'

ONE ON ONE: Gatton Indoor Centre manager Rheanne Niebling with Clarence ‘Pop’ Dickerson.
ONE ON ONE: Gatton Indoor Centre manager Rheanne Niebling with Clarence ‘Pop’ Dickerson.

WITH the help of a prominent stalwart in the field of basketball, the Gatton Indoor Centre will soon be the go-to place to shoot some hoops.

QBL Toowoomba Mountaineers head coach, Clarence 'Pop' Dickerson was appointed the role of promoting and directing basketball at the Gatton Indoor Centre recently and is on a mission to revive the only competition of its kind in the Lockyer Valley.

Dickerson hoped to create a social basketball competition open to everyone and encouraged any players or teams to get involved.

"We are hoping to create a good viable competition that people can compete in and get exercise and just enjoy themselves," he said.

"I've been visiting schools as well to try and start up a junior competition."

Gatton Centre manager Brian Taylor hoped, with Dickerson's experience, the competition would get off the ground and flourish, hoping to get students involved as well.

"Basically what we want is a good outlet for primary and high school kids to do something after school," he said.

"We thought with the service of Dickerson, who has achieved a lot in basketball, it would encourage them to get off the streets and come down and enjoy themselves, learn some skills and have some fun and get fit.

"I've got no doubts it will go well, we have high expectations for it."

Originating from Virginia in the US and moving to Australia in 1986, Dickerson has an extensive background in basketball.

Dickerson was drafted into the NBA by the Washington Bullets, now Wizards, in 1982 before moving to Australia where he became a Toowoomba basketball legend being the all-time leading point's scorer for the Queensland Basketball League.

Competition started yesterday and will run every Tuesday with juniors under-12, under-10 and under-8s from 4pm, under-14 and under-16s from 5pm and seniors starting at 6.30pm and a women's division also available.

For more information on the basketball competition, call the Gatton Indoor Centre on 5462 5103.

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