CELEBRATING our best and brightest across 2016 at Monday night’s Awards Dinner, Basketball Victoria Awards Dinner proudly announced its 2016 award winners at Merrimu Receptions.
Winning her fourth Betty Watson Medal, Victorian basketball legend Penny Taylor was celebrated once again as our peak female athlete of the year. She was selected for her exceptional efforts at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury and the conclusion of her storied basketball career as of October.
Fellow Olympic star David Andersen was awarded the Allan Hughes Medal for his 2016 campaign with the Boomers and also returning home to star for Melbourne United in the National Basketball League (NBL).
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Charles Ryan Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year was awarded to Paralympian Josh Allison, Luke Eldridge received the Basketball Athlete of the Year with an Intellectual Disability while junior stars Ezi Magbegor – current under-17 world champion and tournament MVP – and Paul Tsapatolis earned their respective Female and Male Junior Player of the Year awards.
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Dandenong Basketball Association was crowned our Basketball Association of the Year for their exceptional work from the grassroots levels all the way up to their WNBL, SEABL and BIG V Victorian Youth Championship elite teams. Dandenong was also named our Junior Program of the Year award winner to cap off a brilliant year for the Rangers in all facets of basketball and business administration.
McKinnon’s Alison Cody received the Jack Carter Memorial Award for her tireless work at McKinnon Basketball Association while David Phillips received the Allan Ashe Memorial Award for his efforts serving Knox Basketball for nearly 15 years in various roles.
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Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey congratulated all the nominees and award winners for creating a thriving environment on and off the court within the Victorian basketball community.
“2016 was a phenomenal year in Victoria and for Victorians in all aspects of the basketball world,” Honey said. “Victorian teams excelled at national championships, our associations have shone on the home front through strong administration, and our community continues to thrive thanks to the amazing work put in by our players, coaches, referees, volunteers and basketball families across the state.
“From evergreen legends like Penny Taylor and David Andersen through to our next generation in Ezi Magbegor and Paul Tsapatolis, Victorian players have showed they are world-calibre and ready to take on the best in Australia and beyond, and we’re proud to honour their efforts on this occasion.“Special congratulations go out to our service award recipients – as their tireless work over decades shows just how passionate and committed our community is towards enhancing the game at home.”
Basketball Victoria would like to congratulate our winners and thank everyone who nominated for the awards in 2016.
2016 BASKETBALL VICTORIA AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to General Manager Alison Cody on her award at the Basketball Victoria Awards Night! She received the Jack Carter Memorial Award. This award was awarded to her for her outstanding administration throughout the year of 2016 and the incorporation of the teams from Oakleigh Basketball Association. Outstanding efforts from Alison and all involved in McKinnon🏀🐾 #bvawards
Jack Carter Memorial Award
Allan Ashe Memorial Award
Basketball Association of the Year
Inclusive Basketball Association of the Year
Eddie Crouch Award – Referee Program of the Year
Junior Program of the Year
Media Coverage of the Year
Megan Hustwaite – Leader Newspapers
Photograph of the Year
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Story of the Year
Roy Ward – The Age/Fairfax
Molten Coach of the Year
Wally Pattison Award – Technical Official of the Year
Charles Ryan Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year
Basketball Athlete of the Year with an Intellectual Disability
Junior Player of the Year – Male
Junior Player of the Year – Female
Betty Watson Medal
Allan Hughes Medal
Basketball Victoria Life Member Inductees
Diamond – 50 Year Service Awards
Gold – 35 Year Service Awards
Tracey Le Maitre
Silver – 25 Year Service Awards
Bronze – 15 Year Service Awards