Basketball included in National Sports Museum
It is with great pleasure that we advise that Basketball Australia has accepted an invitation to include basketball in the National Sports Museum as a feature sport.
The modern and stylish National Sports Museum is scheduled to open in March 2008 and will be located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Victoria.
“Over the next three years, Basketball Australia will have the opportunity to showcase the different aspects of our game” said BA Chief Executive Scott Derwin.
“In Year 1 we will feature our involvement in Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“In accordance with the second year’s participation theme, the focus of our display will then turn to the youth of our game.
“And in Year 3 the spotlight will be turned to our national teams’ participation at World Championships.”
To ensure that our sport gets the best representation possible, we hereby call upon all individuals and organisations where willing to loan or donate any items in their possession which may enhance the museum display.
“It’s terrific for the sport to get that recognition,” Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze said.
“I’m happy that we are to the point where our history is significant enough to be put in the museum to promote the sport.
“I’m loaning one of my Australian team uniforms to help.”
In related news, Basketball Australia hereby announces that it is advertising for an official historian.
The incumbent in the voluntary position will head up a committee that will undertake a comprehensive research study on the history of basketball in Australia.
Specifically, activities that will be undertaken by this group will include:
· The cataloguing of documents, videos and memorabilia currently in Basketball Australia’s possession;
· The recording of verbal histories from key personalities involved in the development of basketball in Australia, and Australian personalities involved in the development of basketball world wide;
· The cataloguing of memorabilia from private collections and the like that may, from time to time, form part of future displays.
“Some people in the basketball community are a bit blurred about what our history actually is,” Gaze said.
“It goes back a long way and it will be nice to recognise the founders of the sport as well as the modern day contributors.”
As a starting point, Basketball Australia is attempting to locate the following people - and any help would be greatly appreciated:
Bill Annells - officiated at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne;
Elizabeth Elliott - played for the Opals at the 1967 World Championships in Czechoslovakia;
Teddy Graham - played for the Boomers at the 1970 World Championships in Yugoslavia;
Paul Kuiper - played for the Boomers at the 1986 World Championships in Spain;
Joy Kerr - Manager of the Opals at the 1983 World Championships in Brazil;
Ann Misiewicz - played for the Opals at the 1975 World Championships in Colombia.
If you are interested in either loaning or donating items to the National Sports Museum, or in finding out more about the Basketball Australia Historian position, please contact Geoff Tripp on 02 9469 7203.