Tom York OAM


Tom launched his playing career with the Maccabi Club in 1962. He has been one of the most successful people to come out of Maccabi.

He is a lifelong contributor to Maccabi basketball in NSW. Tom was always involved in any way he could to keep Maccabi going and he made sure it succeeded. He has a very respectable relationship with stakeholders and people involved with the club. On a national level, he had an early involvement with Eastern Suburbs and City of Sydney Associations where he made an impact on the sport.

Growing up in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney put Tom in a position to help out and make a difference in how the sport of basketball was run in the area. He wanted his voice to be heard which is why he became a member of the Executive of Eastern Suburbs Association from 1965-1970 and continued to coach junior representative teams from 1972-1976.

The City of Sydney Association had their faith in Tom, who seemed to provide and put all his efforts into bettering and promoting basketball. From 1979-1981 he became an executive of the City of Sydney Association. He wouldn’t stop there, trying to get involved in as many ways as he could. Tom was also a member of the Sydney Basketball Council executive and a selector. His organisational skills were incomparable. With his knowledge, he organised first division competitions at Sydney City, managed their men’s rep teams and produced a weekly newsletter.

Due to his ability to establish and promote new competitions and their subsequent success, Tom was given the opportunity to become a member of the NSW Executive, which he accepted with open arms. He managed State teams and was a State Registrar and Treasurer.

Tom has done it all in basketball, and it’s really no surprise that as a long-time member of various executive committees for BNSW, local associations and being involved with the NBL from 1979-1992, he ticked off being a treasurer, statistician, manager, promoter, secretary and delegate for the Sydney City team.

In 1983, Tom had a huge responsibility as the Chef de Mission with the Sydney Supersonics. He was fortunate enough to tour overseas. His efforts were noticed and he went one better by committing to the job of Olympic team manager from 1993-1996.

It was then time for Tom to try out the Women’s game and in 1994 he was the man in charge of treasurer for the organising committee of the Women’s World Championships.
His influence and hard work in making Maccabi a feasible club were rewarded when he was inducted into the Maccabi NSW Hall of Fame in 2003. He is now the Head of Delegation of 450 athletes who will tour Israel in July 2017.

Tom has always completely dedicated himself to basketball. He put in extra work when it was needed and always did it without hesitation. In 2000, he was awarded Prime Minister’s Australian Sports Medal and in 2005, he added the Order of Australia Medal (O.A.M) to his long list of accomplishments.

The year of 2013 could not have been any better for Tom as he was inducted into the NBL/BA Hall of Fame.

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