Victorian U16 teams unable to travel to WA

Due to the Western Australian Government denying our nominated venue as a suitable self-isolation venue with less than 24 hours’ notice before our departure, our Victorian Under-16 state teams are not able to leave Melbourne today.

The Western Australian Government denied our application to use Bridgetown School Camp as a self-isolation facility citing the facility not meeting the quarantine requirements of no shared facilities and single bathrooms.  

Basketball Victoria is extremely disappointed by this outcome since we were assured it was a viable self-isolation facility and had been used previously for large groups to self-isolate. It left our teams with no ability to self-isolate once they arrived due to a lack of other accommodation options. 

Our High Performance staff had received sign off from the local police about the venue’s suitability and that it would abide by Western Australian Government restrictions. 

“In spite of the best attempts of our staff and the amazing sacrifices made by players, coaches and parents alike, we were informed on Thursday evening that self-isolation at the nominated facility was no longer an option,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said. 

“We were assured that this facility met the necessary standards for our 70-person travelling group to self-isolate and the teams have done everything in their power to get to Western Australia and abide by the rules. 

“It is disappointing for the Western Australian Government to send mixed messages and effectively stop our Victorian under-16 representatives from representing their state.” 

The prohibitive costs of hotel quarantine and inability for players to train or properly exercise for two weeks makes that option unviable.  

Anyone who has donated to the Victorian Under-16 State Teams GoFundMe campaign will be refunded. 

We will continue to assess the situation and gauge our options if Western Australia’s COVID rating for Victoria is decreased to “very-low risk” prior to the tournament, which would allow our teams to fly into Western Australia without self-isolation or quarantine. 

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