Week 9: Josh Spiers

Week 9: Josh Spiers

ls: After a bit of a break we are back to feature our sporting superstars. This week we have Josh Spiers from the Cannons Basketball Club.

ls: What sports do you play?
js: Basketball & a little golf.
ls: What clubs do you currently play for?
js: Cannons.
ls: How many years have you been playing?
js: 12 years.
ls: What position do you play?
js: Shooting guard and small forward.
ls: How did you get involved in these sports?
js: My brother started playing when I was 2 so I had to go to training with him and I used to like bouncing the ball from a very young age. I did terriers at TBI and then started playing when I was 6
ls: What rep honours have you achieved?
js: u12- u18 Townsville heat, Northern School Basketball u12 (07, 08) Qld School Basketball (08) Northern School Sport u15 (10,11) Honary Qld Team (11) Northern Open School Basketball (12,13) Qld School Basketball (13), U16 Qld North (11) u18 Qld North (12, 13) u20 Qld Team (14), Townsville Crocodiles Sharp Start. QBL Townsville Heat.

ls: Ok you have achieved a lot in a short space of time, that is an impressive CV. How much time is involved?
js: Training every day for at least an hour or so and anywhere up to two hours. Sometimes I have multiple sessions a day.
ls: What is the best part of playing the sport?
js: The best part about basketball is just the game itself. It lets you play with friends and makes me feel good about myself. I could be having a bad day and as soon as I start playing nothing else matters.

ls: I think that is important, I know I still play sport for the same reason. What is the worst part?
js: There isn’t really a bad part about basketball, but I would have to say losing. Losing and the fatigue it puts on your body.
ls: What is your favourite event?
js: My Favourite event by far is the Australian Nationals. It allows you to play against the best in the country and allows you to play with other people from around the state that you normally wouldn’t play with.
ls: What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?
js: My biggest accomplishment would be recently signing with the Loyola Marymount Division 1 University.
ls: So the upshot of this is Josh is headed to the college system in the united states. I have come across a few athletes with these ambitions, so all the best in america Josh. What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
js: Getting a lot of shots up and just working on the fundamentals.
ls: What would be your ultimate achievement?
js: My ultimate achievement would be to play basketball professionally. That’s the ultimate dream.
ls: What is the best advice you have been given?
js: Best advice I was ever given was that to be the best you have to push past your limits.

ls: Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
js: No I don’t
ls: Where do you draw your inspiration from? 
js: My brother, as a little child even being 9 years older he would never let me win. I used this as inspiration to be better than him and still to this day I try to impress him with what I can do. 
ls: Are you sure you want him to know that? How do you set your goals?

js: I look at that is possible to achieve from the game of basketball and try and strive to reach that level.

ls: Great advise for anyone really. What do you like to do in your free time away from your sport?

js:Relax and just shoot around. I can’t really get away from the sport for too long.
ls: Do you have any pre-match routines? 
js: I try not to have any pre game routines, but I would say that I always imagine plays that I can make in the game before I do my warm ups

ls: A few quick questions for Rhonda, Josh’s mum to get the parents point of view. Wondering how much time and driving is involved with travel and training?
rs: As we live not too far from the stadium it has not been too bad.  When he started to make state teams we had to travel up the coast a bit more.
ls: Are there limitations on the number of sports that Josh can play?
rs: He has played other sports at school but due to cost, basketball is his main sport and occasionally when he has time he plays golf with his dad.
ls: Are there benefits to them playing different sports?
rs: I think team sports are important to help the learn to work with others.
ls: Are there difficulties in getting them to the sport and in getting them to practice and train?
rs: Josh has always been quite dedicated to his sport, sometimes the early morning sessions were a bit difficult.
ls: Do you enjoy going to the game?
rs: Yes I try not to miss too many.
ls: How much impact does the cost of sport have?
rs: We have used basketball trips as our family holiday but usually only every second year.

ls: We wish Josh all the best in the future, especially with his move into the college system in the United States. There will definitely be an increase in standards, but what is obvious is Josh’s passion for the game and desire to get to the top. I will say that Josh was one of the most nervous athletes that we have photographed, he will have to get used to it over there. Most Colleges have a very elaborate photographic and publicity machine driving their programs.