Denis did it all for Newcastle. The Hunter region has had some phenomenal people work for them and Dennis Kibble is no different. He represented Newcastle for a number of years and was around during the “golden years” when they won 12 State titles.
He was a solid player, doing his bit on the court when it was needed. He had the chance to represent the NSW juniors in 1967 and kept his form going when he represented the senior team from 1960-1974. He had the chance to show what he was made of, traveling to New Zealand where he toured the country with an Australian B side and he performed commendably.
As a player you want to win as many competitions as you can and Denis accomplished this by winning a major competition in 1967 when he was a member of the NSW Men’s team that won the Australian Championships in 1967.
Making the international team was the next goal that Denis had in mind and in 1970 he gained selection for the Australian team, playing in the World Championships in Yugoslavia.
It wasn’t long after playing for Australia that his body couldn’t take playing on the biggest stage anymore and in 1975 that’s when he pulled the plug on a fantastic representative playing career. He went from one element of basketball to another when he picked up the responsibility of becoming secretary and then General Manager of the Newcastle Basketball Association.
Denis did what he could for the Association that gave him so much. He got involved in a coaching, manager and administrator capacity with Newcastle Association and was involved with the stadium management and game development.
Big decisions had to be made and with the Association being such a big part of his life. It was only fair that he was part of the executive committee in 1981 through to 1989. The job he did for Newcastle was well documented and he took charge as the Chairman of the NSW Competitions Committee from 1986 until 1990.
Denis is a life member of Newcastle Basketball, a member of the BNSW Board and was awarded life membership of NSW Basketball in 1991.