Student scores hoops with student

A BEAUDESERT State High School student was lucky enough to shoot some hoops with a well-known basketball player last week.

Former NBA and NBL basketballer Eric Bailey visited the school on Friday to give year 11 students a motivational speech.

Sponsored by QT Mutual Bank, the event saw Mr Bailey also challenge one of the school’s basketball players Anne Johnson to a three-point shooting competition.

QT Mutual Bank branch manager Gay Hider said the students would benefit from Mr Bailey’s speech.

“Being a local, I know how important it is to be able to see something so inspiring,” she said.

“A lot of students have their challenges and year 11 is sort of a make or break in whether or not to proceed to year 12.”

Ms Hider said she was glad to bring the program out to more schools within the Scenic Rim.

“The program is based around self-esteem, bullying and setting themselves some goals to achieve and believe,” she said.

“If we can empower our kids to have goals and to move forward, it takes the pressure off of parents and helps teachers.”

Mr Bailey said his talk focused on being resilient against negativity and any obstacles student may face.

“Being from a situation where I was told I had no future and to be able to go out and still make a nice and successful life shows you don’t have to be bound by what the world says,” he said.

“If it’s big enough in your heart, you go out there and make it happen.”

Mr Bailey said he was born with a disease in his knees and was told he could not play sports.

“I never played sports until I was 13 and the whole time I was believing what people were saying that I can’t and my belief levels changed when I met someone who believed in me.”

Beaudesert High deputy principal Kate Jorgensen said she was very pleased with Mr Bailey’s visit and received great feedback from the cohort.

“It’s all about enthusing the students and getting them prepared at where they want to go,” she said.

“The students have just been fascinated and fixated on him, this is great motivation for them and they’re going to reach their potential and it’s great motivation.”