Mackinnon named as Boomers captain

Mackinnon named as Boomers captain

Brisbane Bullet Sam Mackinnon has been named as captain of the Australia Post Boomers for their three-match clash with the New Zealand Tall Blacks. Mackinnon has represented Australia at two Olympic Games and two World Championships and won Gold Medals

Brisbane Bullet Sam Mackinnon has been named as captain of the Australia Post Boomers for their three-match clash with the New Zealand Tall Blacks.

Mackinnon has represented Australia at two Olympic Games and two World Championships and won Gold Medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 1997 under-22 World Championship.

He was awarded the Gaze Medal for Australian International Player of the Year in 2006 as well as the National Basketball League’s Most Valuable Player award, Defensive Player of the Year award and the Larry Sengstock Medal for the best player of the Grand Final series.

Mackinnon was named captain of the Australia Post Boomers for the first time on their tour of Italy and Turkey earlier this month.

“He knew he had an added responsibility on tour, and the way he went about business was a credit to him,” Boomers head coach Brian Goorjian said. 

“Sam has everybody’s respect. He is the man and he leads the team. He knows when to pull the pedal off to give the guys a break and he knows when to push, and when he talks they listen. 

The 2007 FIBA Oceania Men’s Championship begins on Monday August 20 at the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne and continues on Wednesday August 22 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, before finishing on Friday August 24 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

The winner of the Championship earns the right to play at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Babysitting his two kids at a swimming pool in Melbourne this morning, Mackinnon said he was thrilled when he got the nod for captaincy.

“It’s a nice honour and I’m very proud,” Mackinnon said.

“I’ll always remember Andrew Gaze addressing the team before the 1996 Olympics and the way it brought home what it means to play for your country and now I’ll be making that speech.

“It will be the highlight of my career.”

Mackinnon said he feels added responsibility as captain, but that he will not be making any grand adjustments to his play or demeanor.

“I’ve got the maturity of a few years now, so I can just be myself.”

Mackinnon is available to media upon request.