Innisfail locals will have the unique opportunity to shoot some hoops with Cairns Taipans players at Community Cabinet tomorrow.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Cairns Taipans players will be running a basketball clinic for the kids and sharing tips on the benefits of an active lifestyle at the Community Cabinet, held at Innisfail State College on Sunday 28 February from 10.45am.

“During the clinic, the local kids can fine tune their basketball skills under the direction of professional Cairns Taipans players such as Cairns-born Taipan Kerry Williams, Aaron Grabau, Dwayne Vale and Dustry Rychart,” Mr Reeves said.

“The clinic is more than just about basketball; it is also designed to encourage kids to get active in a fun and interactive way.

“It is a great opportunity to meet your favourite players, receive a prized autograph, enjoy a sausage sizzle and see how easy and fun it is to ‘find your 30’.”

Mr Reeves said the Queensland Government is a proud supporter and sponsor of the Far North Queensland’s own basketball team the Cairns Taipans.

“We have committed $350,000 to the Taipans over three years to support their participation in the NBL and promote community and sport development in Far North Queensland.

“Cairns Taipans are committed to working with us, as part of the Find Your 30 Campaign, to encourage Queenslanders to find their 30 minutes of activity a day and adopt healthy lifestyles.

State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said he was looking forward to getting on the court with the Taipans in his own backyard.

“I played a fair bit of basketball as a kid so I can’t wait to get on the court,” Mr Pitt said.

“It great to see professional players such as those from the Cairns Taipans mixing it up with kids at the grassroot level and promoting the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

“Last weekend I spoke with Taipans import Rich Melzer who is a great ‘hoops ambassador’ and I know he’s looking forward to the clinic and the game.

“But when it comes to the match, it’s the local kids who’ll probably be the difference. I’ve seen them in action at the Innisfail PCYC and they can really play.”

Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said he would be an active participant at the clinic to ensure he ‘finds his 30’ for the day on court with the Taipans.

“I hope to get some of the local basketball stars on my team for a friendly game against my colleague Curtis Pitt.

“I look forward to working with the Taipans to fine tune my game,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Mr Reeves said the Queensland Government’s investment in the Cairns Taipans was another step towards achieving the Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative committed to making Queenslanders Australia’s healthiest people. .

“I urge the local kids to get down to Innisfail State College on Sunday 28 February and shoot some hoops with your team the Taipans,” he said.