Lending a hand

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Bailee Wilson-Yates, the partner of Southland Sharks basketballer Alex Pledger, played a key role in putting together the Sharks Ladies' Boobie Brunch held at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill last Sunday. Photo: Supplied

THE wives and girlfriends of the 2018 Southland Sharks basketballers have highlighted they, too, want to give back to the community during their time in the deep south.

For almost four months each year, a group of professional basketballers from throughout the world assemble in Invercargill to represent Southland in New Zealand’s National Basketball League.

While they are in Invercargill to try and win a title, the Sharks organisation ensure the players do their bit to connect with the community, through visiting schools and other promotional activities.

The players’ wives and girlfriends, who joined the Sharks players in Invercargill during the season, have also taken it on themselves to make sure they also contribute positively in the community during their stay.

Southland Sharks general manager Jill Bolger said Alex Pledger’s partner, Bailee Wilson-Yates, approached her at the start of the season about the prospect of the “Sharks’ Ladies” doing something for the community.

Ms Wilson-Yates came up with the idea of the Sharks Ladies’ Boobie Brunch to promote Pink Ribbon, which raises money for Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand.

The other wives and partners joined in to help put the event together.

The brunch was held last Sunday morning at ILT Stadium Southland and was attended by 100 people.

“They put a lot of work into it and did a fantastic job. They want to make sure they are also part of the community when they are here,” Mrs Bolger said.

“This season some of them have even helped us with the match day setup, which we haven’t had before.”

Organising the brunch had also provided an ideal way for all the wives and girlfriends to get to know each other while they were in Invercargill, Mrs Bolger said.

Meanwhile, the Southland Sharks have put themselves in a strong position through the first seven games of the NBL season, winning five and losing two.

Their next assignment will be against Taranaki at ILT Stadium Southland tomorrow night.

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