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Swans take up NBA "Around The World" Challenge

Sydney Swans Media   January 25, 2016 10:53 PM

Swans shoot for the stars - January 26, 2016 Kurt Tippett, Tom Mitchell and Aliir Aliir join several other sports stars in taking up the NBA's Around The World Challenge.
No need to guess who Kurt was trying to draw some inspiration from during the challenge.

No need to guess who Kurt was trying to draw some inspiration from during the challenge.

It’s not every day you get the chance to shoot hoops with athletes from the other codes

Three Swans stars took on some heavyweight athletes from rival codes in the ultimate NBA Around the World Challenge.

It was the battle of the codes on the weekend as some of Sydney’s biggest sporting names went head to head in the ultimate NBA Around the World Challenge.

Swans stars Kurt Tippett, Tom Mitchell and Aliir Aliir took on NSW Swifts captain Kim Green, Dragons fullback Josh Dugan, Panthers’ Jamie Soward, and Bulldogs halfback Josh Reynolds in the challenge at King George V courts in The Rocks.

The seven sporting stars each had to see how many basketball shots they could make as they made their way around the key and three-point-line before attempting an audacious half-court shot – which was successfully made by only one athlete.

Trick shots from the baseline with Sherrins, Steedens and Gilberts rounded out the day as one athlete was crowned the NBA Around the World champion.

Swans defender Aliir Aliir said it was a great opportunity to mix with some of Sydney’s biggest sporting stars.

“It’s not every day you get the chance to shoot hoops with athletes from the other codes,” Aliir said.

“Thanks to the NBA we had an opportunity to do exactly that on the weekend which was a lot of fun.

“Naturally we’re competitive people so there was no holding back in the challenge!”

Click the video player above for a sneak peak of the challenge and check back in with sydneyswans.com.au and NBA.com in the coming weeks to see how the Swans players fared in the ultimate NBA Around the World Challenge.