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The community of Kempsey cemented its reputation as the number one location for the Vibe 3on3® this month, as the travelling basketball and hip hop festival returned to the town for the fourth time.

The community was out in force for the event, with 90 teams registering to participate in the structured 3on3 basketball, hip hop, breakdancing, art and health activities over the weekend of March 3 and 4.

Mother Nature provided the festival with two days of perfect summer weather, from the opening ceremony which featured the Dunghutti dancers to the final competition of the weekend – the highly popular break-off, where participants get the chance to show off their breakdance moves.

Local dignitaries Betty Green, Mayor of Kempsey Shire and Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker MP attended to show their support for the event. Football legend Ricky Walford and Australian touch football champion Bo de la Cruz were also on hand to meet with the locals and encourage the young people of Kempsey to reach their full potential.

However, the most special people to attend on the weekend were the army of volunteers, who worked tirelessly to keep things running smoothly.

“The Kempsey 3on3 could not have been the huge success it was without the help of the many volunteers who gave their time all weekend long,” said 3on3 coordinator Claude Williams. “The energy and enthusiasm they displayed was truly awesome.”

A special component of this event was the Ditch the Durries Rap Competition, which saw participants writing and recording their own raps about the harmful effects of smoking on young bodies and the community as a whole.

“The rap competition was a real highlight,” said 3on3 executive producer Gavin Jones. “The young people of Kempsey certainly have the music in them – they displayed heaps of natural talent.”

You can listen to the competition winners’ raps at

The local AMS ran a health expo at the event, to raise awareness of health issues and showcase their services, and a special health unit was also on site, run by Partnership in Aboriginal Care. The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority also joined in the fun, handing out showbags to the young people of the area.

As well as the huge turnout of young people from Kempsey, participants also travelled from Port Macquarie, Taree, Nambucca Heads, Bowraville and South West Rocks to take part.

“Kempsey is firmly placed as a 3on3 favourite location,” Gavin said. “The event in Kempsey is the way the 3on3 should be – lots of kids, lots of activity, great music and genuine community support.”

The Vibe 3on3® is a two day Aboriginal youth weekend festival that incorporates basketball, dancing, art, culture and health. We aim to promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen communities and boost self-esteem. The Vibe 3on3™ is also an excellent opportunity for health services and related organisations to introduce themselves to the wider community. For more information, go to

The Vibe 3on3® would not be possible without our sponsors Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation, the Department of Health and Ageing through the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and the Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education Foundation.

Local sponsors who helped make the Kempsey 3on3 possible were Kempsey Shire Council, Kempsey Library, Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service, Kempsey Macleay RSL Club, Burrun Dalai, Macleay Valley Youth Accommodation, Partnership in Aboriginal Care and the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation. A special thank you goes to Ruth Waite from Kempsey Library.


Boys U10
Mark Kennedy
Wayne Elliot
Jarrod Ritchie
Wesley Breton
Presenter: Ruth Waite

Boys U12
All Black Cousins
Kevin Roberts
Elwin Roberts
Gary Dungoo
Troy Clarke
Presenter: Michael Foxwell

Boys U14
Kempsey Pitballs
Harold Widders
Jonathan Duffy
Jordan Kalley-Scholls
Graham Roberts
Presenter: Greg Hehir

Boys U16
Low Riders
Vincent Davis
Kenneth Dixon
Ty Quilan
Johnothan Hotten
Presenter: Evelyn Jacobs

Boys U18
Craig Taylor
Dennis Ritchie
Mike Flanders
Redge Valez
Presenter: Mavis Davis

Boys Open
Gary Mcloud
Reco French
Michael Davis
Reece Waite
Presenter: Gerarld Bradshaw

Girls U10
Sista Licious
Nakia Davis – Welsh
Madeline Lardner
Brittany Ritchie
Lakaree Smith
Presenter: Mavis Symonds

Girls U12
Triple J
Georgina Cohen
Kantarli Bolt
Kara Tobie
Shaniah Dixon
Presenter:Helen Lambert

Girls U14
Stephanie Donavan
Tia-Kea Morris
Madeline Waters
Emma Anderson
Presenter: Vinnie Cook

Girls U16
2 Sly
Amelia Daley
Kenalee Smith
Natahlia Holten
Jemma Button
Presenter:Colleen Campbell

Girls Open
BB Girls
Trista Taylor
Malika Moylan
Kiralee Mosley
Katrina Riley
Presenter: Suzanne Parsons

Boys Breakoff
Darcy Roberts (1st)
Jarad Ritch (2nd)
Shane Morcome (3rd)
Presenter: Isaac Parsons

Girls Breakoff
Jay Roberts (1st)
Kalana Fernando (2nd)
Jakaya Dixon (3rd)
Presenter: Rachael Kontominos

Girls Rap
2 Sly
Amelia Daley
Kenalee Smith
Natahlia Smith
Jemita Smith
Presenter: Jerome Shedden

Boys Rap
Shane Holten
Presenter: Warrick & Abie Wright

Best Team Card
2 Sly
Amelia Daley
Kenalee Smith
Natahlia Smith
Jemita Smith
Presenter: Pauline Wright

Puggy Hunter
Kimberly Kershaw
Presenter: Madam Mayor Betty Green

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