Tobias aims for career in basketball

AWARD WINNER: Novita Achievement Award recipient Tobias Karsten, right, with Anita Karsten, has his sights set on a professional career in basketball. PHOTO: Vicki Kelman
AWARD WINNER: Novita Achievement Award recipient Tobias Karsten, right, with Anita Karsten, has his sights set on a professional career in basketball. PHOTO: Vicki Kelman

Nineteen-year-old Tobias Karsten is a remarkable young man who has worked incredibly hard over the past year to get one step closer toward his dream goal of playing professional basketball.

Tobias, from Kulpara, was presented with a 2018 Novita Achievement Award, the ‘Michael Wooley Recreational and Sporting Achievement Award’, on November 20.

The annual awards are presented to Novitakids and young adults living with disability and recognise their excellence in sporting, recreational, academic and personal accomplishments. 

In September 2017, Tobias joined the Disability Recreation and Sports SA social basketball team.

After just six months, Tobias was selected to represent South Australia in the U23 Kevin Coombs Cup and is currently one of the youngest level 4 ranked players on the ‘Meanies’ team.

Basketball Australia has just invited Tobias to join the Australian Development Camp in Canberra early next year, where he will have the opportunity to learn from basketball professionals and develop his skills even further.

“Tobias’s achievements in such a short period of time are why he is such a worthy winner of this award.”

“The Australian Development Camp is an important part of the pathway to elite sport and provides a great opportunity for these young players,” said Head of High Performance Coach Development, Peter Lonergan.

Tobias said his passion for basketball has helped bolster his self-confidence.  “It really has helped me become more independent in all aspects of my life,” he said.

Apart from his basketball career, Tobias is now also focused on furthering his education and he has recently enrolled at TAFE.

Novita therapist Adine Leon Gonzalez said since finding a passion for basketball Tobias has grown in so many areas.

“The discipline and hard work he has learnt through basketball has now been applied to all areas of his life,” she said. 

“Tobias’s achievements in such a short period of time are why he is such a worthy winner of this award.”

He was presented with his award at a morning tea at Novita’s Adelaide headquarters at Regency Park on Tuesday, November 20.