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 6ls: 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...
Week 8 – Sarah Hesp Basketball

Week 8 – Sarah Hesp Basketball

ls: This week we have Sarah Hesp from the Cannons Basketball club. What sports do you play? cbh: Basketball ls: What clubs do you currently play for? sh: Cannons. ls: What position do you play? sh: Guard/ Forward. ls: How many years have you been playing? sh: 8 years. ls: Who is your sporting hero? sh: Olivia Thompson (current Townsville Fire forward) ls: How did you get involved in these sports? sh: My school principle/teacher at a small country town school of about 50 students was the Townsville Fire’s assistant coach. He used to bring the Fire team out and our family would take them to a cane fire. He also took me too some of the games. I wanted to play ever since. So I started playing in the Burdekin. ls: This shows the impact that our state and national teams can have at grass roots levels of sport. It is important that we support teams like the Townsville Crocs, Townsville Fire and get behind the push to get the NQ Fury back into the A league. This has the double effect of providing local juniors a pathway into the elite sporting ranks that can be very difficult when competing in rural and country towns away from the main urban centers. Leiden studios has had a lot of experience photographing State events, watching local teams trying to compete against the city teams. It is often difficult for them to compete at the intensity that is required because they lack the competition in the local comps. What rep honours have you achieved? sh: Townsville Flames,U14, U16 & U18, Burdekin...
Week 7: Caitlyn Biondi-Howarth Basketball

Week 7: Caitlyn Biondi-Howarth Basketball

ls:  We have had a couple of weeks off to get images ready for the Queensland APPA’s. Images taken during this project have been submitted to the competition so we will see how it all goes. We are hoping to get a good result this year, but it will give us a guide as to how the images are shaping. We will continue to try to improve our images as the project continues. This week we have Caitlyn Biondi-Howarth from the Cannons Basketball club. I first came across Caitlyn about 3 years ago at the Queensland State under 16 Basketball Championships that were held in Townsville. She continues to make representative sides while being in the Cannon’s A team. She is also putting back into the sport by coaching at Cannons. What sports do you play? cbh: Basketball ls: What clubs do you currently play for? cbh: Cannons. ls: What position do you play? cbh: Guard. ls: How many years have you been playing? cbh: 7 years. ls: Who is your sporting hero? cbh: Renae Camino (current Opals member) Ls: How did you get involved in these sports? cbh: Watching the WNBL inspired me to want to get involved. ls: On that answer, there is an obvious improvement in participation when sports are shown on free to air TV. As proof look at how rugby, football and basketball have struggled in this country while only receiving coverage on pay TV. What rep honours have you achieved? cbh: U14, U16, U18 Townsville Flames, U16 & U18 QLD North. Ls: How much time is involved? cbh: nearly every day. Ls: What...
Sports Stars – Boston Mazlin (Basketball, Athletics, Touch, Oz Tag and maybe Aussie Rules.

Sports Stars – Boston Mazlin (Basketball, Athletics, Touch, Oz Tag and maybe Aussie Rules.

This weeks star is Boston. Boston can do it all, and at his age he is having trouble deciding what sport he really wants to pursue. He is outstanding at Basketball, Oz Tag, Touch and Athletics. Aussie Rules is interested because of his athleticism, yet through it all he has remained very grounded. It is an interesting balancing act that his parents go through with all the sports that he is involved in. That goes for all the parents we have interviewed so far, the balancing act of allowing the kids to pursue sporting ambition while still being active on the school front. ls: What sports do you play?bm: Basketball, Oz Tag, AFL, Soccer.ls: What clubs do you play for?bm: Whirlwinds Basketball, Black Hawkes Oz Tag and AFL Hawkesls: What position do you play?bm: Point Guard. ls: How long have you been playing?bm: 7 yearsls: Who is your sporting hero?bm: Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunderls: What representative honours have you achieved?bm: Oz Tag I’ve represented Townsville and Queensland and in Basketball, Townsville and North Queensland.ls: How did you get involved in these sports?bm: Both my parents played basketball.ls: How much time is involved?bm: Training 3 time a week and shoot everyday.ls: What is the best part of playing sports?Lauren: Team mates and the trips away.ls: What is the worst part of playing sport?bm: Long hours training.ls: What was your favourite event?bm: The Classics (Basketball), travel with the team and play for a week in tournaments.ls: Why did you choose these sports?bm: I chose basketball because my parents played it and AFL because my cousins play itls: What is your biggest...
Sports Stars: Lauren (Rowing & Netball)

Sports Stars: Lauren (Rowing & Netball)

Our week 3 sports star in Lauren, a student at Saint Margaret Mary College in Townsville. Leiden Studios has been fortunate enough to have know Lauren since she was very young and have watched her develop into who she is today. ls: What sports do you play?Lauren: Netball & Rowing.ls: What clubs do you play for?Lauren: Phoenix Netball and Saint Margaret Mary College Rowing.ls: What position do you play?Lauren: WD, GD, GK (Wing Defense, Goal Keeper and Goal Defense) & I row in 3 seat.ls: How long have you been playing?Lauren: 6 years netball and this was my first year of rowing.ls: What representative honours have you achieved?Lauren: Div 1 Townsville Netball 2012-2013, Div 2 TCNAI 2013. I won the under 14 single sculls rowing at the Queensland State Titles  earlier this year.ls: How did you get involved in these sports?Lauren: With netball, my mother started watching and encouraged me to join. With rowing my brother, Tom, had started the year before and I was determined to give it a try ls: How much time is involved?Lauren: When both sports are going it is about 18 hours a week, only including the official training sessions.ls: What is the best part of playing sports?Lauren: The feeling that you have achieved something you never thought was you could accomplish.ls: What is the worst part of playing sport?Lauren:The worst part is making a mistake that affects the whole team.ls: What was your favourite event?Lauren: I loved the State championships because of the friends going and because of the bus ride and competition.ls: Why did you choose these sports?Lauren:I chose netball because it is fun and always challenging. I chose...
Our sporting Hero’s 1 – Ellie

Our sporting Hero’s 1 – Ellie

Ellie is a Queensland representative football player, having won a national championship with the Queensland Under 12 girls earlier this year. She also plays touch and Oz Tag, and is hoping to gain Queensland selection in both these sports later in the year and early next year. She comes from an incredibly talented family with other family members featuring on this blog in future editions. We sat down with Ellie and had a chat about her dreams and goals for the future. ls: What sports do you play?eh: Soccer, Oz Tag and Touch.ls: What clubs do you play for?eh: Annandale Falcons and now the North Queensland Fury.ls: What position do you play?eh: Midfield and full back.ls: How long have you been playing?eh: 8 years.ls: Who is your sporting hero?eh: Lionel Messe from Argentina and Barcelona. ls: What representative honours have you achieved?eh: Townsville Football, Townsville Primary School Football, North Queensland Schools Football, QLD Schools Football, Townsville Schools Touch, North Queensland Schools Touch & Townsville Oz Tag.ls: How much time is involved?eh: All of our time.ls: What is the best part of playing sports?eh: All of it.ls: What is the worst part of playing sport?eh: Not being able to play.ls: What was your favourite event?eh: Playing for QLD at the Football Nationals in Brisbane earlier this year.ls: Why did you choose these sports?eh: I try to get to as many sports as I can and these were the ones we had time for.ls: What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?eh: Making  the QLD State side in Footballls:What one or two things do you currently do in your training that...