A smiling hooper

For love of the game: Brooklyn Phomphithak was a finalist for the recent 2019 Aussie Hooper of the Year. She finished third in the overall voting in her first year in the sport. To register for 2020 visit liverpool.basketball.net.au.
For love of the game: Brooklyn Phomphithak was a finalist for the recent 2019 Aussie Hooper of the Year. She finished third in the overall voting in her first year in the sport. To register for 2020 visit liverpool.basketball.net.au.

Meet Brooklyn Phomphithak - the five-year-old with a big smile and an even more impressive jump shot.

The Canley Vale resident was recently nominated to be the 2019 Aussie Hooper of the Year. She was shortlisted to the final five against players from across the country and finished third in a Facebook vote.

Inspired by her older cousins, Brooklyn started basketball this year as part of Liverpool Basketball Association's Aussie Hoops program: a national basketball development program for kids aged 5 to 11.

Brooklyn says her favourite things on the court are learning to shoot, dribble and block while also getting to make new friends.

Her coach and Liverpool Basketball Association general manager Scott Frater said Brooklyn just "loves playing" and is now even able to shoot baskets on a 10-foot ring which is an adult height.

"She is super active and always has a smile on her face," he said. "While she did not win the Aussie Hooper of the Year she was in her own words 'super cited' to be in that competition given that there are so many kids now playing basketball through Aussie Hoops."

Liverpool Basketball is the third largest Aussie Hoops program in the state with more than more than 115 kids each week participating in the 5-11 years age group. They operate out of the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool and at the Fairfield Leisure Centre in Fairfield.