Colin Dewhurst Sr (dec)


Colin became involved with Basketball in the 1940s when he took to the courts. His passion and talent afforded him engrossed him in some of the biggest basketball projects in NSW.

His planning and attention to detail assisted in the creation of basketball competitions at Scarborough Park in the late 1940s and early 1950s, which soon expanded from foundation street teams to adjoining suburbs.
From creating basketball competitions to becoming an original member of an Association, Colin got involved early on his basketball career and became a member of the St George Australian Basketball Association in 1947.

He put his thinking cap on and led from the front when it came to negotiating access to the Civic Hall at Kogarah. The competition grew very quickly soon basketball was played four nights each week. Colin then moved the competition to new premises in Hurstville.

Colin profile became bigger and better. He became the NSWBA treasurer in 1954 and Vice President in 1956. Two of the finest gentleman to be involved with basketball in this state, Sid Taylor and Dave Thomas were both mentored by him. They were both founding members of the NSW State Referee’s Association.

One of the most dominant basketball schools in Sydney, Sydney Boys High School, had a court complex inaugurated by Colin. His management skills and ability to get things done put him in a position to be involved in the building a court at the school. One of the home teams, The Sydney Comets have been one of the leading Associations in Sydney. Behind them at the start was Colin.

With the experience, he gained from being around influential people in the game, Colin was able to use his skills to coach the 1959 and 1961 NSW Women’s teams that participated in the Australian Women’s Championships.

During his time as coach of the NSW Women’s team, Scarborough Park had 11 NSW State Women’s representatives and won 11 Women’s NSW State Championship titles between 1959 and 1961. He stayed involved in the game and Colin became President and Vice President of the Western Suburbs Women’s and Men’s ABA.

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