Rising star Jade Dunne off to Pacific Games

A sharpshooting Sunbury basketballer is making history, and she hasn’t even reached her teens.

Jade Dunne (pictured) has been selected to represent Victoria at the School Sport Australia Pacific Games in Adelaide this November.

The 11-year-old is the first Kismet Primary School pupil ever named in a state basketball team.

Jade’s mother Michelle says it’s just the latest in a series of achievements for the basketball-crazy youngster, who hopes to one day play for Australia.

Last year Jade won a state academic and sporting medal. She’s since secured a high school place at Maribyrnong Sporting College and continues to star as a guard/forward for Sunbury Jets’ under-14 representative side and Rupertswood Basketball Club’s 14A domestic team.

Jade, who looks up to Canberra Capitals forward/centre Abby Bishop, also trains four times a week, including twice on Sundays.

‘‘She’s absolutely obsessed with the game,’’ Michelle says. ‘‘We’ve got a ring at home and she’s out there every day shooting.’’

A crowd funding campaign has been started to help Jade’s family pay $3000 in travel, uniform, accommodation and airfare costs.

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