LAUNCESTON basketballer Kai Woodfall hopes his selection in the Australian under-19 men's team to play in the Pacific championships in New Zealand in November will be a stepping stone to a future Boomers call-up.
The 17-year-old Launceston College year 11 student was one of three Tasmanians, along with Hobart duo Tanner Krebs and Callum Barker, picked in his first national selection.
``It's an honour to be selected and, for me, it is the highest point in sport to be picked to represent your country,'' Woodfall said.
Woodfall has been part of the TIS high-performance program for the past five years, and found out about his under-19 success after attending an Australian development camp at the AIS from September 23-27.
``I knew there was a team getting picked off the camp and I was hoping I would make it because that is what I have trained for the past five years _ but it was still a shock when I found out,'' he said.
The former three-time state representative point guard paid tribute to the recently suspended TIS basketball program with helping him get to the point of selection.
``I've been on a scholarship for the past three years and I worked two years before that through state teams _ but the TIS has been incredible and it wouldn't have happened without them,'' Woodfall said.
``This is as big an honour as they come but playing in the Olympics or world championships is the ultimate goals so hopefully this is taking a step along the way toward that.''
Woodfall said he hoped to one day play college basketball in the US and wanted to continue to be part of the Australian under-19 team until the 2015 world championships.