Basketball Victoria 2018 Awards winners announced

BRINGING together the best and brightest in Victorian basketball, the State Basketball Centre was transformed for the Basketball Victoria Awards Dinner.

Victoria’s elite players, extraordinary associations, amazing volunteers, staff members and referees, united to celebrate all things Victorian basketball in 2018.

The Basketball Victoria Awards Dinner highlighted the outstanding efforts from our community on and off the court, in support of growing the game and maintaining our elite standards at all levels.

Our major playing awards were won by Ben Simmons, Liz Cambage, Kobe Williamson and Gemma Potter for their significant contributions on court throughout the year.

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Ben Simmons flourished in his rookie season for the Philadelphia 76ers. He starred from his first game en-route to a number of incredible accolades across the season. Simmons reeled in 38 triple-doubles and appeared in 81 games (all starts), averaging 15.8 points in 33.7 minutes per game, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.7 steals. The 6-foot-10 guard joined Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only two rookies in NBA history to post at least 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. Simmons was named the NBA Rookie of the Year and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honours.

Liz Cambage lit up the court wherever she went. She was brilliant in the Melbourne Boomers’ WNBL campaign, earning WNBL All-Star Five selection before returning to the WNBA. She made an immediate impact for the Dallas Wings, as Cambage set the WNBA’s single game scoring record in an extraordinary 53-point haul. Her sensational season was celebrated with a deserved selection in the All-WNBA First Team, as well as winning the WNBA Peak Performer and WNBA Scoring Leader awards. From her incredible year in America, Cambage also starred at the FIBA World Cup in Spain and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, earning an international silver medal and Commonwealth Games gold medal to cap off 2018 in style.

Gemma Potter(Junior Female Athlete of the Year) and Kobe Williamson (Junior Male Athlete Of the Year) dominated for Victorian junior representative teams in 2018 – with Potter’s Victoria Metropolitan Under-18 Women winning the national championship – before Australian duties beckoned, with both excelling internationally.

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Eltham Basketball Association was named Association of the Year, Casey Basketball Association was named Association of the Year – Runner Up, Hawthorn Basketball Association was named Junior Program of the Year, Broadmeadows Basketball Association was recognised as our Inclusive Association of the Year and VBRA Knox Branch was recognised as our Referee Program of the Year.

Ken Harrington (Ringwood Basketball Association) and Sally Duncan (Power Assist) claimed the Jack Carter Award and Allan Ashe Award respectively for their extraordinary contributions to Victorian basketball throughout their lives.

“2018 was another phenomenal year in Victorian basketball and we’re proud to recognise and reward excellence throughout our incredible basketball community,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said. “Victorians have taken basketball to the next level again in 2018 as we continue to deliver outstanding results both here and abroad.

“On behalf of Basketball Victoria, I’d like to congratulate our award winners and service award recipients. This night is about celebrating the achievements, triumphs and contributions of our athletes, coaches, officials, administrators and valued volunteers who improve our sport every day.”

 

BASKETBALL VICTORIA 2018 AWARDS – WINNERS LIST

 

JACK CARTER AWARD – Ken Harrington, Ringwood Basketball Association

ALLAN ASHE AWARD – Sally Duncan, Power Assist

 

JUNIOR PROGRAM OF THE YEAR – Hawthorn Basketball Association

ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR – Eltham Basketball Association

ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR RUNNER-UP – Casey Basketball Association

 

REFEREE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR – Knox Basketball Association

INCLUSIVE ASSOCIATION OF THE YEAR –  Broadmeadows Basketball Association

WHEELCHAIR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Jontee Brown

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY – Kate Leckenby

 

BASKETBALL VICTORIA MEDIA AWARD –  Tara Murray – Star Weekly

 

TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR – MALE – Chris Reid, Knox Basketball Association

TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR – FEMALE – Sarah Carey, Nunawading Basketball Association

SPALDING DOMESTIC COACH OF THE YEAR – Dennis Gates, McKinnon Basketball Association

COACH OF THE YEAR – MALE – Reece Potter, Werribee Basketball Association

COACH OF THE YEAR – FEMALE – Megan Moody Bendigo Basketball Association

 

FAIR PLAY AWARD – Ryan Holloway

 

BETTY WATSON MEDAL – Liz Cambage

ALAN HUGHES MEDAL – Ben Simmons

JUNIOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Gemma Potter, Bulleen Basketball Association/Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence

JUNIOR MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR– Kobe Williamson, Southern Basketball Association

 

BASKETBALL VICTORIA LIFE MEMBERSHIP

Darryl Neal

Dan Kirtley

 

BASKETBALL VICTORIA – 2018 SERVICE AWARDS

SERVICE AWARDS – BRONZE (15 YEARS)
Patrick Boa Fa Wang

Anthony Allen

Matt Bass

Ron Bates

Roger Bland

Simon Bowen

Peter Cameron

Sue Cromarty

Peter Cunningham

Rob Dielemans

Victoria Dollimore

Peter Harrex

Terry Jackson

Jess Jones

Terence Langdon

Jackie Lee

Liz Liebelt

Greg Liebelt

Chris Malane

Dean McCarthy

Meredith McFarlane

Aimee Page

Josh Pontin

Lee Reinshagen

Gavin Southern

Colin Stephens

Deb Wadwell

Robyn Webster

 

SERVICE AWARDS – SILVER (25 YEARS)

Peter Asquith

Brenda Bianca

Kirsty Bone

Teresa Cherbakof

Sam Daniel

Colin Downing

Geoff Fairweather

Campbell Fraser

Helen Fraser

Jason Geritz

Lynette Harrower

Sue Hladky

Bernie Jansen

Sue Kusko

Patricia McKay

Douglas McRae

John Michell

Chris Morrey

Gaile Reid

Kelly Roffey

Adrian Schruhm

Nathan Sewell

Wayne Sewell

Wendy Tan

Sam Thornton

 

SERVICE AWARDS – GOLD (35 YEARS)

Alan Barrett

Ronald Bates

Diana Botelho

Gabriele Caligiuri

Gregory Flanagan

Jan Henderson

Terry Jackson

Margaret Keen

Garry Kitchin

Graeme La Fontaine

Edna Logie

Kevin Martin

Claude Martino

Alan McAughtry

Allan Moyle

Cedric Noter

David Radford

Heather Reid

Andrew Roberts

Mark Roffey

Greg Russell

Carolyn Shelley

Arthur Stone

Lee Strappazon

Terry Wilson

Daniel Wu

 

SERVICE AWARDS – DIAMOND (50 YEARS)

Maureen Franklin

Michael Kapnoullas

Lorraine Kapnoullas (deceased)

Douglas Palmer

Rhonda Pritchard

Gordon Sincock

Dennis Smith

John Turner

Val Wain

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