Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Talking Sport the Perfect Job for Sam

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Talking Sport the Perfect Job for Sam

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THE new sports development officer in Yamba knows how to engage the children of the Lower Clarence.

At 17 years of age and just a few months out of high school, talking to kids about sport couldn't come easier for Sam Wicks, has taken on a one-year traineeship at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre under the guidance of his former Vikings coach and manager of the centre, Steve Smith.

Sam literally 'walked' into his current position in Grafton last year when he ran into his coach at the corner store he owned at the time.

"I guess I walked in at the right time and Steve suggested I take on the traineeship," he said.

"Steve had noticed that I trained hard and was well mannered and thought I'd be good for the position."

After a childhood of watching mum and dad run up and down the basketball court followed by his own rise to State league, you could say Sam has a slight bias towards basketball and his enthusiasm for the sport is infectious.

He's responsible for conducting clinics in the local schools, talking at assemblies about what's on offer at the sports centre and promoting futsal, netball and, of course, basketball. …

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