Bob Elphinston OAM


Bob has been around the game of basketball for many years. It is his ability to manage and direct that has put him in some of the game’s finest roles.

He started off as a NSW State selector and coach of junior and senior teams in the 1960s. From the experience he gained from coaching and selecting, he was the man in charge of bringing home a NSW Championship for the Sydney Paratels. The Paratels won numerous NSW Championships.

Bob’s name was well known in NSW basketball circles, and that was all that was needed for him to stake his claim as the NSW head coach for both Men and Women. He coached the NSW Men on a tour to the USA in 1973 and then the NSW Women’s team in 1975.

Bob’s love for basketball enabled him to be heavily involved in the formative years of the Bankstown Association and the building of the association’s basketball stadium. He is now a life member.
It was in 1982 that Bob took the next step in his basketball career when he managed the Australian Men’s Team at the 1982 World Championships and the 1984 Olympic Games.

Having so many years of experience in basketball took Bob to new heights. The NBL needed someone who could make decisions to better our game. That’s when Bob came calling. He was a member of the formative NBL Board, and the President of the national body as well.

Bob’s knowledge and management skills helped establish The renowned NSW State Sports Centre at Homebush. The facility has been used for some of the biggest sporting events including Netball and basketball.

After all his hard work in the national game, it was time for Bob to take the step up to the international game. He was given the chance to become the president of FIBA from 2006-2010. Bob was the first member from Oceania to hold this position.

Bob has done it all for the sport in Australia and he was rewarded for his services when he became a member of the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame.

He was Awarded an OAM (2002) for service to sport through the Sydney Olympic 2000 Bid Company and the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

With all that he has done for basketball in this state, he was afforded the opportunity to lead from the front and the game hasn’t looked back since.

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