SPANISH STAR; Returning Home Yesterday, Wheelchair Basketball Star Bill Latham Tells of His Life Playing in Spain

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RETURNING to Coffs Harbour yesterday to sign the mural painted in his honour at Sportz Central, wheelchair basketball star Bill Latham admitted that he can't wait to leave town again.

Not that he has anything against the town that he grew up in.

"I've got to back to Sydney as I'm flying out to England and Paris on Sunday and then the under 23 World Championships," the 19 year-old said.

Latham has been selected in the under 23 team that will hopefully bring back a gold medal and the former John Paul College student has also made his way back into the national team the Rollers.

Last year Latham suffered the heartbreak of being the last person cut from the team before the Paralympics in Beijing but he says being back in the Rollers team is fantastic.

"Getting back into the team is always great and from the Paralympic World Cup and on it's just about cementing my spot in the team," he said.

Latham returned to Coffs for a whistle stop visit to sign the mural that artist Lee Holmes painted of him the new Sportz Central foyer.

Looking at the artwork that immortalises the local boy-made good story, Latham admits that he's humbled by the gesture.

"I started in this stadium," he recalled.

"My brothers and sisters used to play in this stadium and then I started to play wheelchair basketball here and to have it up on the wall it's definitely an honour for people to see it every day when they come in. …


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