OLYMPIAN TRAINING LOCALS: Olympic two timer Danny Morseu is holding basketball training sessions at WIRAC
OLYMPIAN TRAINING LOCALS: Olympic two timer Danny Morseu is holding basketball training sessions at WIRAC Nicole Zurcas

Former Olympian leads free training sessions in Warwick

BASKETBALL: Former Olympic basketballer Danny Morseu is hosting free clinics at Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre.

Following the successful interest of the Commonwealth Games trial match between Toowoomba Mountaineers and Cameroon, Morseu has teamed up with WIRAC in a bid to increase the playing level of basketball in Warwick.

Centre manager David Jordan said the Cameroon game was popular and they're hoping to bring that level of crowds back.

"We want to promote grass-root basketball, we had a massive crowd and interest over the Cameroon game in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games,” he said.

"We're hoping we can move from here and improve the interest in basketball.”

Opened to all athletes of any skill level the National Basketball League hall of fame inductee will be teaching the fundamentals of the game.

"Part of the strategy is to increase participation in the sport in Warwick and get more young kids involved in playing the game,” Morseu said.

"I'll be working on the fundamentals of the game and focusing on ball handling skills with the players and get them to develop their game.”

The Toowoomba Mountaineers coach said they were looking for new talent across the region to play in the Southern Basketball League.

"We're always scouting for players to join us for next year and this is a great opportunity for the kids to move towards playing professionally,” Morseu said.

After playing for Gold Coast at state level, local Caroline Fern was invited to play for the Toowoomba side and has been participating in the Wednesday night trainings.

"It's been really good and a great experience for everyone who comes along, even for myself to train with Danny especially since he is so knowledgeable and talented in the game,” she said.

For those who can't make the Wednesday night sessions a free clinic will be held during the school holidays.

Players aged 13-years and up are welcome to join Morseu at WIRAC on July 11 between 2-5pm.

"Girls and Boys of any skill level are encouraged to attend and they are welcome to enjoy a free swimming session after,” centre manager said.

"Part of our role is to promote physical activity where ever it comes from and we hope the community can get involved and the numbers grow,” Mr Jordan said.