Talented Wangaratta sportsman Brodie Paul has recently returned from a trip of a lifetime, playing basketball in the US.
The trip was three weeks in length, with the North East Bushrangers sending two boys teams and one under-18 girls team, touring Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles.
At 15 years of age, Paul was the youngest player on the tour, but managed to feature in all seven games before injuring his ankle in the final match.
Coaches Emma and Jacqui Henry praised Brodie on the way he conducted himself throughout the tour, saying "he was mature and respectful both on and off court, playing some amazing basketball."
Playing against talented athletes is only set to improve Paul's game.
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The group won three games out of seven games and experienced different rules, labelling it a "truly worthwhile experience".
Paul also enjoyed some downtime, visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios and attending an NBA game.
Players also participated in home stays with US families and did some volunteer work at Food Lifeline.
Paul continues to play basketball for Wangaratta Warriors in the men's Country Basketball League, as well as the club's under-18 division one side, which is going to Bendigo for a major tournament on the Australia Day weekend.
He's also a talented footballer and will play for the Murray Bushrangers' under-16s this season, making it a massive year of sport.