Vickie Croucher

Vickie grew up outside of Sydney and learnt the game of basketball in the country town of Cowra. She was 15 years old when she started playing.
In the early 1960’s Vickie took the plunge to live and play for the ‘ Barbarians’ in Sydney. The decision paid off for her as she won 10 State Championships in a row and many other Sydney Championships.
Winning titles was in Vickie’s nature, and in 1964 and 1968 she won two National titles.
Her consistent hard work paid off when she was selected for the Australian team in 1966 to play at the 1967 World Championships in Prague.
Canterbury-Bankstown Amateur Basketball Association was formed in 1964 and Vickie was a part of the process to get it up and running. She became the first paid employee of the Association in 1969. Bankstown has numerous courts at their venue and she was one of the masterminds behind the building of all seven courts at Condell Park.
Vickie’s strong leadership and organisational skills led her to then shift her focus to the managerial side of the sport. It was in 1975 that she was the manager of the Under 16 NSW Women’s team that won the National Championship.
In the 1980’s it was time for Vickie to put away the shoes and bring out the clipboard. She wanted to use her vast experience and knowledge of the game to teach and discipline the next generation of stars.
Vickie first started off coaching the younger generation with immediate triumph. In 1982 she coached the Bankstown Bruins Under 12’s to win both the Sydney and NSW Championships.
She continued to reach new heights for Bankstown and throughout the 1980’s Vickie coached and managed NSW state teams.
There is not much else from a basketball perspective that Vickie could have done in the sport, but there were a couple of more sectors of the game she wanted to cross off before her time was done. She tried refereeing and was the first female referee to be awarded an “A” Grade Badge and was a highly respected referee.
An official in every sense of the word drew Vickie to become a qualified score bench official and statistician. These qualifications took her to some of the biggest matches including games in the NBL, SEABL, WNBL and State level events.
Vickie has a great ability to keep cool under pressure and that is exactly what is needed to officiate at the highest international level. She was selected as a statistician for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
After everything she did for the game, it was in 2008 that she called time on her basketball career with the Bankstown Bruins.

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