Terry Charlton


Terry started playing basketball at the ripe old age of 12. He represented NSW from a very young age and it was always going to lead to considerable success. He was named the captain of the NSW Under 16 Men’s team that won the first ever Under 16 National Championships.

His first massive achievement came when he won the Under 18 Men’s Championship in 1957. Then his skillset and ability to saw him take his place in the Australian team at the age of 20. He went on to represent Australia at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

Later, throughout the 1960s, Terry laced up for Newcastle and won a massive 12 titles. Not only did he win a title in the NSW competition but he also won them in the interstate South East Conference.

His mentality and ability to direct his team around the court put him in a position to Captain the NSW team that won the Australian title in 1967.

Terry’s time was up on the playing field but his love for the game wasn’t going to let him stop there. He retired from playing in 1969 but continued as an administrator and coach. He put his life and soul into the Newcastle Basketball Association and due to his caring and helpful nature, he became the first full-time secretary-manager of the Association from 1966 to 1975. What is even more momentous is that Terry was the first full-time basketball employee in NSW.

Newcastle had a hard man working behind the scenes and in 1979 he assisted Dr John Raschke in securing Newcastle’s entry into the NBL.

The opportunity for Terry to be involved in NBL broadcast coverage came knocking. For nine years Australia heard the voice of Mr Charlton as he analysed and called basketball action as part of commentary teams.

After all of his experience playing and administering, Terry managed the Australian Men’s team from 1985-1988, including the Seoul Olympic Games.

He couldn’t have asked for more of an accomplished career. After 44 years of extraordinary involvement with the game of basketball, he retired in 1997.

The Hunter Region hasn’t seen anyone work as hard as Terry in trying to direct and manage a sporting community, which is why he is now a Life Member of the Newcastle Basketball Association. He is also an inductee into the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame, a current member of the Hunter Academy of Sport and also on the NSW Basketball’s Hall of Fame Honours Committee.

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