Basketball New South Wales held their annual awards on the 18th of November, 2018 at Qudos Bank Arena during the WNBL & NBL double header featuring the Sydney Uni Flames & Sydney Kings. BNSW would like to congratulate all nominees and award recipients on their achievements and for joining us to celebrate.
Association Team of the Year:
Basketball New South is excited to announce the 2018 Annual Award Winners of the Association Team of the Year Award, for our Senior & Junior competition.
Basketball New South Wales would like to congratulate the 2018 Senior Association Team of the Year, the Newcastle Men Championship Division team.
The Newcastle Hunters Championship side had a win/loss record of 17-3 and claimed the first position in the regular season and defeated Norths Bears in the grand final of the Spalding Waratah League Championship division, 73-67.
Import Austin Thornton was named Waratah League MVP, Josh Morgan won the Best Defensive Player and Jacob Foy was named the Under-22 Player of the Year.
Basketball New South Wales would like to congratulate the 2018 Junior Association Team of the Year, the Sydney Comets Div 1 U14 Boys & the Illawarra Hawks Div 1 U14 Boys teams. 2018 saw these two teams go head to head throughout the season, with both teams winning their respective Junior Leagues. They battled for the title at State Championships with Illawarra claiming victory in a tight win, and fittingly, they faced each other at the U14 National Club Champs for the bronze with Comets prevailing on that occasion.
Coach Of The Year:
Basketball NSW is pleased to announce Chris Ohlback from Central Coast Crusaders Basketball Association as the recipient of the 2018 Spalding Waratah League Coach of the Year Award.
The Waratah League Coach of the Year Award is determined by an accumulation of votes from the league coaches and/or players, over the 2018 regular game season along with nominations from club personnel.
Chris Ohlback was nominated by his association for his regular achievements in his coaching duties such as leading his Youth League Men’s side to the first place of the regular season with an 18-4 win/loss record and overall winners of the 2018 Spalding Waratah League YLM division. He was also awarded the Central Coast Crusaders “Club Person of the Year” and was the Central coast Crusaders Championship Men’s Assistant Coach.
Most Successful Association on Court:
The award for Most Successful Association on Court is completed via an algorithm, which sees points be given to teams based on their performance. The more teams an association has that make finals and therefore finish with a higher position within their league (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) the more points an association will receive towards their tally. The award is then split into three (3) categories, allowing a Senior, Junior and Overall winner.
Basketball New South Wales would like to congratulate the 2018 Most Successful Association on Court for our Senior Divisions, the Northern Suburbs Basketball Association.
Basketball New South Wales would like to congratulate the 2018 Most Successful Association on Court for our Junior Divisions, the Hills Basketball Association.
Association Coaching Program of the Year:
Associations over 2,000 members in registrations- City of Sydney Basketball Association
The City of Sydney Basketball Association has been a long-time supporter of coach education and coach development initiatives, 2018 was no different.
The club hosted two Club Coach Courses which assisted in the accreditation of over 50 coaches, as well as hosting one of Basketball NSW’ premier coaching clinics when they hosted NBA Player Development Coach, Irving Roland from the Houston Rockets.
The association had ten of its coaches committed to Basketball NSW’ various High-Performance Programs, and three coaches involved in the State Team Programs.
The association’s continual success throughout the junior ranks is a testament to the strong work the association has committed to doing in the coach education and development space.
Association Referee Program of the Year:
Associations over 2,000 members in registrations- Hills Basketball Association.
Hills Basketball association have been influential in the development of referees in 2018 especially in the large amount of senior referees in their respected programs. Hills has continued to foster their own Referee Development Officers that work closely with BNSW on courses and initiatives as well as providing their own referee run programs. Hills have a high number of referees that cover domestic competitions and finals series. Congratulations to Hills on this award.
Associations under 2,000 members in registrations- Illawarra Basketball Association
Illawarra Basketball Association have had a fantastic year in terms of their referee numbers and development. Illawarra continue to have their own Referee Development Officers that also work with BNSW to deliver learning and in-game management opportunities while also fostering their own referee education throughout the year. Illawarra have a number of senior and junior, eager referees within their programs and have been covering SJL and domestic leagues at a high level throughout this year. Congratulations to Illawarra on this award.
Administrator of the Year:
The Administrator of the Year award is split into two categories :
Administrator of the Year (PAID) – Karen Irwin from Gosford Basketball Association
Karen has been a household name at Gosford for a number of years now and is the wearer of many hats. “Kaz’s” contribution to the sport is immeasurable, whether it be back-office administration, game day operations, running of her U12 girls development program or assisting with anything that is needed within the association. Kaz is a great advocate for girls in basketball and goes well and truly above and beyond. In 2019 however, Kaz hands over the reins of the beloved U12 program, to tackle both the U16 girls and Youth League Women.
Administrator of the Year (VOLUNTEER) – Lee Longford from Narrarandera Basketball Association.
Lee has been an active and involved member for the Narrarandera Basketball Association for many years. He is a committed association member who always lends a hand with everything within the club from assisting with referees, administration work, Sports TG, events plus many more. Lee is a well-deserving recipient of the Administrator of the Year volunteer award.
Volunteer of the year:
Basketball New South is excited to announce the 2018 Annual Award Winners for the Junior & Senior Volunteer of the Year Award, for our senior & junior competitions and Team Award.
Junior Volunteer of the Year:
The 2018 Junior Volunteer of the Year has been awarded to AJ Carino, of Hills Basketball Association. AJ Carino was nominated by his association due to the hard work and dedication he has put into assisting with the Hills Hornets Junior Representative Program and as a referee trainer.
Senior Volunteer of the Year:
The 2018 Senior Volunteer of the Year has been awarded to Shaun Dodds, of the Hills Basketball Association.
Shaun is influential in the development of referees, especially within Junior Development Programs as a referee instructor. Shaun is always the first to put his hand up to assist with regional referee education and finals events.
Shaun has also been an prominent member of the referee commission and selections for several years as well as a FIBA video Technician. He is a wonderful recipient of this award as he not only volunteers his time at the grassroots level but also aids BNSW & FIBA regularly.
Volunteer Team of the Year:
The 2018 Volunteer Team of the Year is a new award BNSW have included this year and the inaugural winners are two female volunteers from Macarthur Heat, Bronny Stein & Faye Funda.
Bronny & Faye were nominated for their tiresome work, whether is is working in the canteen, cleaning the courts, organising events/competitions, organising uniforms and anything else that is required. Bronny and Faye are the epitome of passion and dedication and Macarthur Heat are very lucky two have such lovely ladies that always wear a friendly smile and are willing to volunteer so much of their time to help grow the game of basketball.
On behalf of Basketball NSW, congratulations to all our award recipients.
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