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BASKETBALL: NEW SKILLS FOR MARK - AT A STROKE.

EVERTON Tigers stars have been passing on tips to British swimming hero Mark Foster.

The 6ft 6ins Olympian joined coach Tony Garbelotto and his squad for an intensive training session as part of his new television show, '4Sport: Destination 2012'.

Foster picked Merseyside's only professional team for some tuition and revealed that he could have become a basketball player if he hadn't succeeded in the pool.

The former world, European and Commonwealth 50m freestyle champion said: "I've loved training with the Tigers - it's been brilliant to see professionals like them at close quarters.

"I went to Millfield School (renowned for its sporting excellence) when I was 11 and had some friends who were into basketball.

"I used to shoot some hoops every Sunday and turned out for the school and county basketball teams.

"If I hadn't been number one swimmer in the country aged 11, my sporting career could have turned out completely differently."

Tigers centre Chris Haslam paid tribute to the former world record holder's efforts on the court.

He said: "It's been inspiring to see an Olympian like Mark train with us.

"You can see he is a natural sportsman.

"We taught him how to do a slam dunk and he managed it after only four attempts."

'4Sport: Destination 2012' is on Channel 4 this Sunday at 8am.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2009
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