George Thompson was a stand-out player for NSW. He represented the state in the Open men’s team for 6 years. George also coached while he played, putting into practice what he learnt as a valuable team member. He was a highly successful women’s coach, particularly for the Barbarians Women’s club. George was coach of the Sydney Open Women’s team for 6 years. However, as coach of the NSW State Women’s team, he won three Australian Championship titles. His talents, drive, teaching skills and passion for the game made him an excellent coach who won the respect of his players.
George was also a NSW State selector, Sydney selector, and Australian women’s team selector. He was a tremendous contributor to the Manly Association where he held positions of president, Treasurer and Coaching Director at various times. At the Warringah Basketball club, he was a foundation member and Coaching Director. George worked for the Rothmans National Sports Foundation as Head Basketball Coach. He is a Life member of the Manly and Warringah Associations. Fittingly, the George Thompson Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s basketball in NSW is named in his honour.