Jeff Clark (white shirt) is aiming high in Warwick basketball.
Jeff Clark (white shirt) is aiming high in Warwick basketball. Gerard Walsh

Basketball coach wants to slam dunk before reaching 50

ONE of the most exciting aspects in basketball is when a player performs a "slam dunk".

A slam dunk requires the player to jump high enough to drop the basketball through the hoop which is positioned 10 feet (3 metres) above the floor. To get a grasp on how difficult this is, there are only three players in Warwick basketball who are able to slam dunk on a regular basis. All are over 182cm (6 foot) tall, and under 25.

So when Warwick Wildcats coach Jeff Clark set a goal to achieve this task before reaching 50, he was setting the bar very high indeed.

Clark stands at only 180cm, weighs 97kg, has just turned 47 and is recovering from a dislocated knee five weeks ago. To say that this would be highly improbable would have to be an understatement. He must increase his vertical jump from 30cm to 91cm.

Dubbed "Jeffs Project 50", he plans on motivating his young Warwick Wildcats players to achieve goals that some may believe unachievable. To show how serious he is about this project, he has set up a facebook page called "Jeffs Project 50".

This page has already attracted over 70 followers in five days, including people from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth ... and even Pakistan!

Since making the announcement four weeks ago, he has put together a team of professionals to help him achieve his goal. For starters, he admits that he has no chance of getting this high if he has to lift 97kg. To battle this, he started on the Isagenix diet with his wife and two eldest children, and has lost 9kg in four weeks, half way to his goal of 80kg.

He also has guidance from Voyage fitness gym, where a personal trainer has set a program.

The final key is the help of local remedial massage therapist, Phil Strang who is helping with recovery with deep tissue massage. "With this fantastic team behind me, I feel really confident that I can achieve this goal," he said.

"To think that I have so many people from all over the country - and other parts of the world following my progress just blows my mind. In the end, if I can just motivate one or two people to aim high with their personal goals it will be worth it. This is something I have always wanted to do and my last chance" Follow Jeffs Project 50 on Facebook



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