Bruce Flick commenced playing basketball at the National Fitness Camp at Broken Bay. When the game was introduced to his school, North Newtown Intermediate Boys High School, he learnt the rules and became a fanatic. His basketball career took off when he joined Ken Finch at the Camperdown Playground team which played in the Sydney City competition.
Bruce went on to be a member of the Newtown Police Boys Club under the coaching of Harry Burgess who was to become the 1956 Australian Olympic Team Assistant Coach. While playing for Newtown Police Boys Club he was a member of teams that won the NSW State Open Championships and the Intermediate State Championships in 1954. In 1955 he played with the NSW Open Men’s team at the Australian Championships and was selected for the 16 man 1956 Olympic squad along with club mates Ken Finch and Merv Moy.
Bruce made the Olympic team in 1956 which was Australia’s first ever Olympic team. He continued to play after the Olympics as a member of the Open NSW Men’s team at the Australian Championships from 1958 to 1962. In 1962 he was captain of the team while Charlie Ammit was the coach. Bruce Flick is a member of that very unique team… Australia’s first ever Olympic Basketball team!