Encouraging youth to aim for the stars

BINAR SPORTS provides life opportunities and pathways for aboriginal youth through basketball.

Binar Sports

Our program provides life opportunities and pathways for aboriginal youth through basketball. It is a support system and extended family to all involved.

20+

Teams

100+

Youth

5+

Leagues

8+

Years Active

Our History

One day in 2011, Midland businessman and youth mentor Adam Desmond discovered a group of indigenous boys who were passionate about the sport of Basketball. With no junior competition in Midland since the late 90’s he decided to coach them and take them to summer and winter seasons in Kalamunda & Districts Basketball Association (KDBA) at Lesmurdie recreation centre and East Perth Basketball Association at the Morley recreation centre.

Timeline of Binar

2011

6 Boys (1 team)

2012

13 Boys (2 teams)

2013

Became incorporated as BINAR Sports Inc.

2014

Record number of teams (6)

2016

Over 60 players participating in WABL

2017

Undefeated Team

2018

Silver and Bronze

2019

24 Binar Teams
Key Moments

Binar Grows Junior Basketball

Due to the growth of Basketball growing in the Midland area generated from the number of Binar teams travelling outside of the area to play in competitions and leagues run by neighbouring associations, Binar Sports coordinated and facilitated an under 18’s competition at Midland PCYC with the Binar youth (particularly Effie Garlett) taking on key roles in running the competition. It was a very successful tournament, closely contested, with 10 teams in two divisions. There was an average of 70 players (male and female) playing each night.There was no score clock or resources for one so one was created by turning an old broken TV into an awesome scoreboard screen hooked up to the laptop all ready for round 1 of the Midland Binar Junior Basketball Competition which was so popular that over 120 youth were at the Midland PCYC every Friday night to play basketball games, enjoy a free meal, and a safe ride home that catered to young people between theage of 12-18.

“Binar has the leadership”

Key Moments

State Champs 2014

In November 2014 with the assistance of Basketball WA Inclusion officer, Nigel Esau, Binar participated in the State Basketball Championships

Normally only teams affiliated with WA Basketball League through an association can compete in the State Basketball Championships, but because of the development and potential of Binar Sports teams we were invited to play in the State Basketball Championships. Binar Sports entered three teams.

Under 11’s 3 wins 1 loss Under 17’s 3 wins 1 loss Under 19’s 1 win 3 loss This team was literally put together at the last minute with many of the boys meeting each other just before the first game started. The tournament record shows 1 win three losses but with a handful of points it could have been 4 wins.

Overall the State Championships were a fantastic experience and Binar Sports is very grateful to BWA for the invitation to compete in the State Championships. The flow on effect is Binar Sports now have over 60 players now playing in the WA Basketball League more commonly known as WABL.

Key Moments

State Champs 2015

December 2015 Binar participated in the State Basketball Championships

Binar Sports were invited back to play in the State Basketball Championships and entered seven teams. Four more than 2014.

All teams had a great experience at the 2015 State Champs. The results were very successful with all teams winning at least 50% of their games throughout the competition. The highlights of the competition for Binar was appearing in 5 of the 7 grand finals that were entered, with Kenny Griggs Jnr & Nessaya Williams receiving the Grand finals MVP awards for U17 boys and u15’s girls championships. An achievement that no one would expect from a club competing in an association dominated competition.

“Binar teamwork is the key”

Key Moments

Super 6

November 2015 to February 2016 Binar was a foundation club of the newly formed SUPER 6 Basketball League run by Swan City Basketball Association, co-founded by Binar founder, Adam Desmond.

In a league full of State Basketball League players (SBL), Binar competed week in and week out keeping their core group of young players and adding veterans of the Binar Club.

Making it all the way to the Semi Final, Binar were narrowly beaten by the Altone Sharks who boasted a number of high profile SBL imports. The highlights of the competition for Binar was appearing in playoffs and also playing against elite players on a weekly basis.

A number of Binar players were invited to SBL club open trials from coaches who came to watch the Super 6 games.

Testimonials

What our participants have to say

"Great initiative and brilliant organisation. Respect!"

Pablo P-Town

"Absolutely Awesome . . . a lot of very solid work being put into the development of Aboriginal children, teenagers and adults, to provide stronger self esteem and positive exposure in the general community. This is not just about sport, it is altogether about community. A great job being done by great people."

Norm Dennis

“Encouraging youth to aim for the stars”