Hayden Tompkins is off to play basketball.
Hayden Tompkins is off to play basketball. Craig Warhurst

Tompkins mixes with the big boys

AT JUST 13-years-old Hayden Tompkins already has the build that could make him a stand out on the basketball court.

The Gympie product already towers over most people at 190cm tall - or 6 foot 3 inches in the old imperial scale - and he wears a massive size 15 basketball shoes.

Tompkins will be competing in a national basketball tournament, the Pacific Coast Slam this week after a season of hard training at Logan with the Elite Southern Queensland Blue Chip basketball team.

He was selected last October to play in the team from a large contingent of players who were identified at the 2010 State Titles in Brisbane and approached to try out for the team.

But what makes the achievement all the better is that it is only his second year playing the sport.

His mother, Lee Tompkins, said the event was one of the most prestigious basketball events on the Australian calendar.

"He has been in heavy training since the announcement was made," his mother said.

Tompkins left last Friday for a two-day intensive training camp in Logan before heading to Port Macquarie with the team on Sunday for a week of hard competition.

The team consists of 10 of the best in Southern Queensland.

"He is expected to take the starting bench as one of the first five," Lee said.

Tompkins plays for the Sunshine Coast Clippers U16 basketball team that plays at the Clippers Stadium at Buderim.

On Fridays he trains at the stadium and on Saturday the team plays in the basketball league against Ipswich, the Gold Coast and all places in between. He has also been training on Sundays in Logan with the Blue Chip team.

A total of 42 teams in under-15 and under-17 boys and girls divisions this week hit the courts at the Port Macquarie Indoor Sports Stadium.

The Port Macquarie games will continue being played through until tomorrow.

Gympie Times


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