It's official - Tasmania's new NBL team will be called the Tasmania JackJumpers.
After a popular online poll and weeks of speculation, Tasmania JackJumpers chief executive Simon Brookhouse made the official announcement Thursday morning.
"This is a landmark day for Tasmanian and Australian sport as we introduce the Tasmania JackJumpers," Brookhouse said.
"Synonymous with Tasmania, the JackJumpers will be proud, bold and fearless. The JackJumpers will show you that you don't need to be the biggest to be the best.
"The JackJumpers are energetic, fierce and ready to attack and defend with force well beyond their size."
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The search for a name received almost 10,000 suggestions from Tasmanians, with the final name chosen from a shortlist of five.
NBL owner and executive chairman Larry Kestelman welcomed today's announcement.
"We are very proud to welcome the Tasmania JackJumpers to the NBL," Kestelman said.
"The JackJumpers will usher in a new era for Tasmanian sport and write a new chapter in the story of the NBL and Australian basketball."
Basketball Tasmania chief executive Chris McCoy said the announcement was welcome news for the growth of the sport in the state, and he hopes it will inspire the next generation of young basketballers.
"The JackJumpers will drive great exposure for our sport, provide an aspirational target for our young boys into the NBL along with our girls into the WNBL," McCoy said.
"Our aim is to be the number one sport in Tasmania within five years and today's progress is another step in the exciting journey."
Tasmania JackJumpers foundation memberships have launched for the 2021-2022 NBL season. More information can be found via the official website.
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