The Basketball Victoria Awards celebrate the best and brightest within the Victorian basketball community across the calendar year.
From our elite international players, to our hard-working associations and the volunteers that keep our sport going, this event celebrates all who are involved within Victorian basketball.
These accolades and achievements have been won over the years by a number of incredible athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers. The likes of Matthew Dellavedova, Penny Taylor, Andrew Gaze, Andrew Bogut and Jenna O’Hea are just a few of the famous names to receive accolades at our Awards Night.
Associations are encouraged to nominate long serving individuals from within their association for a Basketball Victoria Service Award. These long service awards are divided into the following categories:
- BRONZE – 15 years service
- SILVER – 25 years service
- GOLD – 35 years service
- DIAMOND – 50 or more years service
BASKETBALL VICTORIA 2019 AWARDS WINNERS
BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
The Association of the Year is Casey Basketball. In 2019 Casey had an exceptional year throughout its teams, clubs, programs and exemplified what it meant to excel as an association. Casey has grown to over 7,500 members, increased staffing to provide better opportunities and programs for all its members and clubs as well as led the way in the VJBL and Big V ranks across the board.
JUNIOR PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Our Junior Program of the Year for 2019 is Casey Basketball! The outstanding work of the association throughout its junior teams and programs as it was named VJBL Large Association of the Year for 2019. On the court, led by Basketball Development Manager Darren Best and Basketball Development Officer Mitchell Taylor; Casey Cavaliers coaches took huge steps forward in 2019 with more teams than ever reaching VC as well as increased depth in all age groups and more young athletes than ever involved in BV Programs.
JUNIOR FEMALE BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Winning her second Junior Female Athlete of the Year award is Jaz Shelley! Her 2019 was a standout as she went from representing Victoria at the Under-20 Championships and the Australian Gems at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup to starting her college career with powerhouse side Oregon!
JUNIOR MALE BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Our Junior Male Athlete of the Year is Josh Giddey! Rising through the ranks in an exceptional 2019, Giddey led the Vic Metro U18 Men to gold in Townsville en route to representing Australia at the FIBA Oceania U17 Championships and gaining selection in the NBA Academy!
BETTY WATSON MEDAL
Winning her third Betty Watson Medal as Victoria’s Female Athlete of the Year is Liz Cambage! Her 2019 was extraordinary as she earned an WNBA All Star for the Las Vegas Aces as well as representing Australia en route to our qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games!
ALAN HUGHES MEDAL
Taking home his fourth Alan Hughes Medal as Victoria’s Male Athlete of the Year is Andrew Bogut! Andrew’s 2019. Andrew represented Australia in 2019 at the FIBA World Cup, returned to the NBA for the Golden State Warriors and impressed as NBL MVP in his debut season for the Sydney Kings!
INCLUSIVE BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR
Basketball Ballarat is our Inclusive Basketball Association of the Year following its incredible work across multiple sectors of the inclusion landscape. Ballarat has been committed in outreach and opportunity, hosting programs and teams for ID players, Walking Basketball, African and multicultural students as well as undertaking plans to retrofit the Minerdome for a range of Adaptive and Paralympic Sports!
COACH OF THE YEAR – FEMALE
Capping off an incredible debut NBL1 season with Kilsyth Cobras, head coach Samantha Woosnam is our Female Coach of the Year! Her Cobras took out the inaugural NBL1 Women’s title in an exceptional season.
COACH OF THE YEAR – MALE
Leading Nunawading Basketball to the inaugural NBL1 Men’s title in 2019, Dave Biwer has been awarded our Male Coach of the Year award!
JACK CARTER MEMORIAL AWARD – ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Our Jack Carter Memorial Award – Administrator of the Year is Samantha Browne from Mornington Basketball! Samantha’s work with Mornington has helped put the association in a strong and viable financial position, increase domestic participation numbers by over 700, implemented player pathways and skills programs. Her work has also introduced of policies and procedures to manage operations, streamlined internal processes and enhance the member experience.
ALLAN ASHE MEMORIAL AWARD – VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Our Allan Ashe Memorial Award – Volunteer of the Year is Penny Milne from Westgate Basketball Association! Penny serves as WBA Secretary and has shone in the role as she oversees and coordinates the 180 team strong domestic competition as well serving as Program Coordinator for Westgate’s youth programs, camps, and competitions. Penny’s ensured the growth WBA Aussie Hoops program into one of the country’s largest youth programs and developed two new programs with the association’s first Senior Competition (over-15s) and our new Mini-Ball program (under-8s). Penny is a tireless volunteer who stands as a role model to boys and girls of all ages, who look up to her as coach, team manager, organiser and leader.
SPALDING DOMESTIC COACH OF THE YEAR
Our Spalding Domestic Coach of the Year is Wiki Taurua! She has worked in the @Wyndham Basketball Association’s domestic competition, guiding a number of domestic teams to success in the junior girls competitions.
FAIR PLAY AWARD
The Fair Play Award for 2019 goes to Stella Lesic! Stella’s work with founding Bushrangers Basketball has been incredible as she’s worked to cultivate an inclusive, accepting community for Melbourne’s LGBTIQA+ community. Stella has been a driving force behind the Bushrangers as they pride themselves on creating safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ basketballers and their allies to play community sport.
TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR – FEMALE
Our Female Technical Official of the Year is Allison Scholey from Wyndham Basketball!
TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR – MALE
Daniel Battye has been named our Male Technical Official of the Year! His achievements in 2019 were outstanding as he spent his third year on NBL panel, officiating more games than the previous season, as well as officiating as NBL1 Crew Chief on Mens Grand Final – placing him as the number one ranked official on the NBL1 panel. Daniel was also appointed to the WNBL’s 2019 Championship third game and currently juggles his commitments alongside his work as the VBRA Knox Branch president. #BVAwards
EDDIE CROUCH AWARD – REFEREE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Our Eddie Crouch Referee Program of the Year is VBRA Knox! The branch excelled in 2019, reached a total membership of 347 by the year’s end, including over 80 new officials across 2019.
The branch had 18 referees represented on Junior Panel, 13 on Big V, 8 on NBL1, 2 on WNBL and 2 on NBL with measures in place to see this rise in the future. The association has a number of referees attend and officiate medal games at National Junior Classic and Australian Junior Championships. VBRA Knox also leads the way in programs and initiatives to help inspire and educate the next generation of referees.
CHARLES RYAN WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
This year’s Charles Ryan Award for Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year is Isabel Martin! She represented Victoria at the 2019 Kevin Coombs Cup en route to winning silver with the Australian Under-25 team at the IWBF Under-25 Women’s World Championships in Thailand. She was also part of the the Kilsyth Cobras Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWNBL) team.
BASKETBALL ATHLETE OF THE YEAR WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
This year’s Basketball Athlete of the Year with an Intellectual Disability goes to Victorian Ivor Burge representative Nick Cluning! Nick excelled in 2019, representing Victoria at the Australian Ivor Burge Championships in Canberra and training with the Australian Boomerangs squad amongst other achievements. Nick is a well-respected Victorian representative who plays a vital role within the playing group through his determination, commitment and dedication to the team as a whole.
BASKETBALL VICTORIA MEDIA AWARD
This year’s Basketball Victoria Media Award goes to Graeme Willingham for his book – Not Bad Thanks! The book is a unique look into the passionate players who keep basketball ticking at the grassroots level. Not Bad Thanks highlights the heart and soul players who stay in basketball for the love of the game as well as the community and mateship that comes from playing in a team.