Senior basketballers have a swish time on the court at Byron

MATERNAL duties were put on the back burner for supermum Paula Daniels as she joined some of the region's basketball stars showing their skills.

Daniels was among the players taking part in Byron Bay Basketball Association's inaugural Senior Basketball Carnival.

With Nan and Pop babysitting, single mother-of-two Daniels joined her Byron Swish side for a series of matches at last weekend's event.

The Main Arm player said she loved getting on the court and setting her sights on both shooting hoops and enjoyment.

"As a single mum, this is a great outlet for me," she said.

"It is great catching up with the girls. We come here and have a laugh and some fun.

"Mum told me to have a lot of fun - but just don't break anything."

Thirty-eight-year-old Daniels has played basketball since she was about 10.

"I like the competitive side of things," she said. "It lets me get a bit of aggression out of my system.

"I'm getting on a bit so it is good for fitness (as well).

"The younger girls run around us but we are getting there."

Sixteen teams, including sides from across the region, Sydney and Queensland, took part in the two day event.

Byron Bay's Brews side did the region proud, taking the men's A grade competition with a 59-32 grand final victory over a composite Gold Coast/Lismore side. The women's A grade competition saw Sydney victorious over Brisbane's Post-tels.

The Brisbane team was also victorious in the B grade event.

Organisers with the association thanked everyone who sponsored and assisted the competition, which was held at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex.

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