BASKETBALL NSW MARKS 85 YEARS OF HOOPS EXCELLENCE

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Written by Jaylee Ismay
30 November, 2023

In a jubilant celebration of its rich history and unwavering commitment to the sport, Basketball NSW commemorated its 85th anniversary on the weekend at the 2023 Hall of Fame induction ceremony that brought together players, coaches, administrators and fans from across the state.

The 85th Birthday celebration served not only as a moment to reflect on past achievements but also as a rallying point for the basketball community in New South Wales to look forward to the next chapter in the organisation’s illustrious history. 

During the evening all present BNSW Life Members (Dr Adrian Hurley OAM, Bob Elphinston OAM, David Brettell, Vickie Croucher, Lorraine Landon OAM & Tom Moore) were asked to assist with the traditional cutting of the birthday cake as the audience joined in to sing Happy Birthday. 

Basketball NSW, CEO, Maria Nordstrom reflected on the achievements of Basketball NSW over the years and said she is proud to continue to grow the game from grassroots to the elite across the state.

“It’s incredible to see how far the sport has come in New South Wales. From humble beginnings to producing world-class talent and fostering a vibrant basketball culture, Basketball NSW has truly become a powerhouse in the Australian basketball scene,” said Nordstrom.

“We also want to recogise the unsung heroes behind the scenes—coaches, referees, volunteers, and administrators whose tireless efforts have been instrumental in the success of Basketball NSW. We are in a strong position to continue to grow the game and allow all walks of life to begin and be successful in their basketball journey.”

We have been playing and enjoying “the game” since 1938!

Basketball NSW remains poised to lead the way in shaping the future of Australian basketball for many years to come.

Another surprise was also on the cards during the weekend with Basketball NSW and Spalding teaming up to bring all the associations in attendance at the State Conference a collection of Spalding Basketballs. This early Christmas present was very much appreciated by all the association delegates.

If you would like to learn more about Basketball NSW’s History or would like to join the History Committee please email: history@bnsw.com.au

 

NSW, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 25: during the 2023 Hall of Fame Dinner on November 25, 2022 in Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, Wollongong , NSW, Australia. Photo: Narelle Spangher, Basketball NSW

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