Bordertown basketballers Campbell Will and Jed Kuchel have officially joined the Pioneers Basketball academy
The basketball academy involves a partnership with the Limestone Coast Regional Sporting Academy (LCRSA) and NBL1 South team Mount Gambier Pioneers.
Campbell and Jed, along with other talented basketballers from the region, will now have access to specific skill sessions, gym programs and education sessions.
Bordertown and District Basketball Association junior chairperson Shane Orrock congratulated the talented duo on their recent selection.
Orrock explained that, even from a young age, Jed was fixated with the sport and wouldn't be seen anywhere without the ball in his hand.
"From a young age, Jed would always be walking around with a basketball in his hand - he was always around due to having an older brother," he said.
Blessed with exceptional skills, the best is still yet to come for the youngster.
"Jed has exceptional skills - even though is slightly small, I expect him to grow over the next couple of years by looking at the rest of his family," Orrock said.
While Jed is currently waiting for a growth spurt, Campbell has already had his, and partnered with his talent, the future is bright.
"Campbell has had a growth spurt and is also a very skillful player - I expect him to continue to really grow as a player over the next couple of years," Orrock said.
The recent academy selections have not only given Jed and Campbell a great opportunity to continue to grow as players, but it has also provided a pathway for more talented players from Bordertown.
"Jed and Campbell's selection has shown all the other kids from Bordertown that there is a pathway for them - I reckon both of them will inspire others," Orrock said.
"It is a huge commitment for both players, as they have to travel down to Mount Gambier frequently, along with having to do weight and skills sessions."
Basketball in Bordertown has gone from strength-to-strength over the last couple of years, with the association boasting some impressive participation numbers.
Orrock said the association currently has over 200 registered players, which includes an exciting wave of talented youngsters.
LCRSA Coordinator Tony Elletson said the academy is committed to providing local athletes with the opportunity to achieve excellence in sport and life.
"There is enormous talent in regional areas, and this program helps athletes realise that talent," Elletson said.
"Athletes that don't live in the metro areas face many hurdles in achieving their sporting goals.
"The academy is working towards removing some of these hurdles for not only the athletes but the families as well."
Partnering with the Mount Gambier-based Pioneers Basketball will provide local basketball talent with an elite pathway that hasn't been seen before in the Limestone Coast.
"Pioneers are going to provide the athletes with specialised elite coaching that will enhance and develop their talent," Elletson said.
"We look forward to supporting these athletes, along with the Pioneers, hopefully achieve their goals in the sport.
"The opportunity to partner with the region's premier sporting organisation is extremely exciting. This is the program's first chance to offer an elite local pathway for Limestone Coast athletes and families."