Ron Luke (dec)

Ron may not have originated from Australia but his influence in our game will be remembered. He first moved to Australia in 1935 where he would start to leave his mark.
His first competition that he played in was the Business Houses competition. Besides playing and getting active on the floor, he was also active behind the scenes as the Association Treasurer.
Ron was the first person to take the reigns as President of the Western Suburbs Association. He was part of their progress as a foundation leader. He was also a foundation member of the Basketball Promotions Committee.
He moved over to reffing where he was a State badged referee. One of the more experienced referees in the state and refereed the first international game at the Town Hall in 1939.
The State of NSW needed a leader in one way or another and Ron was the mastermind behind the Treasurer role for 10 years. He was a Vice President for five years and was a President for two years.
Ron wasn’t just interested in basketball in this country, he was also quite intrigued by getting Australia some recognition internationally. He conducted negotiations with FIBA in Switzerland which assisted Australia to become a member of FIBA.
Ron’s experience in the field of leading by example put him in a scenario that helped shape the landscape of the City of Sydney. He was the Mayor of Mosman and an alderman with Sydney City Council. As Chairman of Cumberland Council, he was instrumental in working with other Councils to procure the land on which Alexandria Stadium now stands.
His contributions to the sport were honoured as he was recognised as a Life member of Basketball NSW. Ron was also awarded the OBE for services to the community.

 

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