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By Peter Hooley | THAT moment. The years of preparation, the mindset and the delivery

June 16, 2017

Preface by Janx......


Be it playing in the Championship game with a 100 million looking on like Luke Schenscher (Luke's blog), going from virtual unknown to maybe the leading player in the country by leading U18/U20/National School Championships in scoring like Isaac White (Isaac's blog), playing in a national NAIA Championship like Daniel Carlin (Daniel's blog), winning an NIT like Nicole Seekamp (Nicole's blog) elite performers in any endeavor spend hours training, working, educating and learning to prepare for THAT moment.  Like our featured athletes the journey to THAT moment includes setbacks, challenges and adversity that see most of us give up.  The challenge is we never know what that moment will be, when it will come or whether we will even succeed.  But we prepare, we learn, we work, we dream, we strive.  For most of us it should be the journey that is the most important because THAT moment may not come, but sometimes THAT moment is so big, so significant that, THAT moment is maybe just as big as the journey.  Peter Hooley has experienced one of those moments in his life so far. 


I first met Pete playing in the  traditional, end of season, exhibition game of current students vs former student at Concordia College.  This was during the golden years of Concordia College basketball when they were beginning to be regularly winning or competing for State and National titles.  Of course us former students would not have a bar of it.  It was a fun day but it is also fair to say it was a beatdown but I remember a small kid battling hard, not being intimidated, moving so well, with a lot of love for the game.  That was Peter Hooley.   We kept in touch, Peter began to grow into an elite player in South Australian junior basketball, and when Matt Dodson, a good friend of mine,  was visiting a couple years later to recruit for his TOP pro club the Artland Dragons, in Germany, Peter ended up on his target list.  After some conversations Peter had to withdraw from the mix for family reasons and 2 other SA athletes took up the offer.