LENNOX Head basketballer Christine McCombie is one week away from racking up 35 years participation in the sport.
McCombie started as a five-year-old and is one of the driving forces behind the inaugural Byron Bay Basketball Carnival this weekend.
"I love it, I can't remember not ever having basketball in my life," she said.
"I've got three sisters who play and my mum used to play when she was younger so I've always been around basketball growing up.
"It's great to have a young family and be able to still have something like basketball always there.
"I'm in a team where we travel to a few different carnivals during the year.
McCombie will team with Jess Ward, Lauren Sculley, Ange Vado, Kylie Prince, Britt McLeod and Amy Austin.
There are 15 teams nominated to play in men and women's A and B grade on the weekend.
Teams from Brisbane, Sydney and Newcastle have nominated for the event with a combined prize pool of $1500.
It is hoped this will become an annual event at the Byron Regional Sports and Cultural Complex.
McCombie is the carnival co-ordinator with a group who have been working to get the event off the ground.
"A lot of carnivals are starting again and people are getting back into it," McCombie said.
"I feel like I've got a fulltime job the last couple of weeks but its coming together nicely. We've had raffles and local sponsors come on board to help out.
"My team is full of girls I used to play State League with in Ballina."
The Great Northern Hotel is the major sponsor with Stone and Wood Brewing Company.
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