At 40th edition of the Sportsgala in the City of Bergen op Zoom The Netherlands, CBA basketball player, Bas Leyte won the esteemed Youth Talent Award. In a holiday festive atmosphere in the full theater “de Maagd” , Bas received recognition for his 2016 Basketball achievements which included:
- Team captain and leading scorer & rebounder (24 pts and 13 reb avg) in the Dutch national U16 league
- Winning the Beijing International Youth Tournament and MVP award
- Selected for the CBA USA tournaments international team (Miami, Atlanta & Las Vegas)
- National Netherlands Team U15 – finalist against Germany in the North Sea Development Cup
- Invited and studying at the prestigious Basketball Academy CBA in Gran Canaria
The event which honors sports heroes was broadcasted on live regional television and the audience enjoyed the frank and enthusiastic interview with the young and ambitious 15 year old and 2.06 meter tall basketball player. Besides Bas Leyte the Sports Gala featured several impressive athletes; Brechtje van Tongeren – World Champion Street Dance won the title Sportswoman of the year and Rico Verhoeven; the reigning Heavy Weight World Champion Kick Boxing won the Sportsman of the year .