Brassard pays it forward in New Caledonia

May 22, 2018 | Townsville Fire news

JCU Townsville Fire championship coach Claudia Brassard is paying it forward in New Caledonia this week with a series of coaching workshops.

Fresh off leading the Fire to their third title in four years, the former Team Canada captain, who is now an assistant for the under-19 Australian program, will spend the next week up-skilling the nation through the development program.

“I’m really excited about being able to share my passion and knowledge of the game of basketball with the coaches and athletes of New Caledonia,” Brassard told FIBA Oceania.

“They have made some great strides with their program in recent years and I’m excited to be able to contribute.”

New Caledonia has a rich basketball history despite being inhabited by less than 300,000 citizens.

New Caledonia is the second most decorated country in the FIBA Oceania Championships next to powerhouse Australia and in the inaugural 2017 FIBA Melanesia Cup, they placed second to qualify for the 2019 Pacific Games.

Brassard is looking forward to building the national team’s confidence and preparation for the 2019 Pacific Games.

“This will really be about working collaboratively with them to reinforce their strengths and work on improving their weaknesses,” Brassard said.

“We want to develop a thorough program plan that can take them through to the Games with the confidence that they will be as prepared as they can be for the competition.”

Click here to read more about Claudia Brassard’s work in New Caledonia.