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The Vibe 3on3™ came to the Kimberleys for the first time last month, paying a visit to the picturesque community of Kununurra.

Known for its sweeping rock formations and breathtaking scenery, Kununurra became host with the most in the last weekend of July, as the community welcomed the Vibe 3on3™.

Participants and spectators turned out in force, with 67 teams playing over the weekend, a record for a first time event. And thanks to some excellent support from the community, the Vibe crew enjoyed one of the smoothest and deadliest 3on3s to date.

Kununurra was also one of the hottest 3on3s to date, and that’s not just in reference to the scorching break dancing and basketball moves displayed out on centre court. The east Kimberley sun was out in force, blasting at around 35 degrees on both days. However, this did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the young people of the community, who played strong all day out on the courts, displaying some fantastic talent and sportsmanship.

“I enjoyed every part of the trip,” said Tammy Jarrett, who conducts the girls’ hip hop dancing workshops. “The kids and the teachers we met during the school visits were right into it.

“The hip hop dance classes were a lot of fun because the girls had no shame about dancing. The talent was amazing as well, and both the boys and girls walked out of the dance classes feeling proud of themselves.”

Event co-ordinator Claude Williams was also full of praise for the community.

“The Kununurra 3on3 was bigger than I expected,” Claude admitted. “First-time events are usually a mystery when it comes to gauging community support and participation levels, but the community went all out to make this event a huge success – from 8:30am on both days the Kununurra basketball courts were packed with young kids wanting to sign up.”

For Gavin Jones, event producer, the enthusiasm displayed by the entire Kununurra community is what made the weekend so special.

“It was the first time we have done an event in the East Kimberleys, and it was an absolute standout success at all levels,” he said. “The whole community of Kununurra really got behind it.

“Special thanks must go to sponsorship and community development officer, Rowena Lupton of Argyle Diamonds, who worked tirelessly to pull the event together.

“Also a big acknowledgment to the young people and the parents of the Wyndham community who went the extra yard and brought two bus loads of kids to the event.”

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 and the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Special thanks also to local sponsors Argyle Diamonds.


Boys U10
Street Ball Kids
Andrew Davis
Richard Birch
Russel McCoy
Samuel Marchant
Presenter: Rowena Lupton

Girls U10
Madeleine Edwards
Ali Davey
Katie Davis
(not there Taylah Swan)
Presenter: Hughie Ah-won

Boys U12
Kurt Barnes
Alex Chlulng
Dallas Woods
Presenter: Michelle Musselwhite

Girls U12
Wyndham Chicks
Margaret French
Sarah Finabulsey
Kimika Clark
Presenter: David Cox

Boys U14
Luke Davis
Joseph Davies
Raymond Bradshaw
Robert Kelly
Presenter: Rowena Lupton

Girls U14
Bad Girls
Tarnee Taylor
Kailah Gallagher
Sharene Birch
Brittany Gore
Presenter: Duck Chulung

Boys U16
Wyndham Rapters
Daniel Hassett
Samuel Birch
Junior Birch
Dan Gore
Presenter: Lulu McKenna

Girls U16
Sapphire Cox
Shelly Taylor
Jennifer Wilson
Presenter: Brooke Jessell

Boys U18
Jeffrey Benning
Cameron Carlton
Burnie Russell
Presenter: Michelle Musselwhite

Puggy Hunter Winner
Daniel Cox
Presenter: Elizabeth Cox, Chairperson OVAHS

Rap Competition Winners
Dallas Woods (G-Unit)
Presenter: Wire MC

Rap Competition Winners
Bad Girls
Tarnee Taylor
Kailah Gallagher
Shareene Birch
Brittany Gore

Break-off Competition Winners
Blake Topliss (1st)
Daniel Cox (2nd)
Terence Bird (3rd)
Presenter: Isaac Parsons aka BBoy 2Ezy

Break-off Competition Winners
Christine Smith (1st)
Jenna Birch (2nd)
Macaiah Mitchelson (3rd)
Presenter: Tammie Jarrett

Best Team Card
Wyndham Girls
Angeline Birch
Jackie McCoy
Brianna Birch
Presenter: Claude Williams

My Story Winner
Calyca Rogers

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