Update from the Chairman

Update from the Chairman

The Board of Basketball Australia met on 24 February with a major focus to drive the outcomes of the reform agenda. 27 February marked the lodgement deadline for Expressions of Interest (EOI) in the 2009/10 Men’s National Elite season and assessment of submissions is currently underway. Recommendations will be tabled to a subcommittee of the Board, with the Board making its final decision in due course.

Following on from the commitment announced at the 8 November 2008 special general meeting, the Board and BA will host a Basketball Summit on April 17 and 18 for State/Territory Presidents, State/Territory CEOs and successful license holders for the Men's National Elite Competition. The purpose of the summit is to come together as a basketball community to discuss the detailed implementation of the reform process and to determine the priorities for joint stewardship of enhancing Basketball's position in Australian sport. Particular focus will be placed on repositioning the elite leagues, building heroes and creating an intuitive and active link between the community and the elite level of the sport.

It is my pleasure to inform you that we have appointed the coaches and managers for the 2009 World Uni Games teams as well as the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championships and the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships. We are excited about the quality of coaches selected and confident we can continue our outstanding performance at the world junior level. Leading the men's Australian Universities team will be Bill Tomlinson (Head Coach), Brett Coxsedge (Asst. Coach) and Greg Warnecke (Manager) while the women's team will be guided by Peter Buckle (Head Coach), Chris Lucas (Asst. Coach) and Kirstie Dench (Manager). The U17 men's team will be mentored by Guy Molloy (Head Coach), Paul

Jones (Asst. Coach) and David Rehn (Manager) while the U17 women's team is headed by Peter Lonergan (Head Coach) and Sandy Tomley (Asst. Coach). Finally, the U19 men's team will be guided by Damien Cotter (Head Coach), Paul Goriss (Asst. Coach) and Bob McGugan (Manager) while the U19 women's team will be directed by Dale Waters (Head Coach), Nicole Ireland (Asst. Coach) and Michele Menso (Manager). Congratulations to all those coaches and managers selected.

We can also announce that three of our best referees have been selected by FIBA to officiate at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships in July. Scott Beker (NSW) will referee in Auckland for the men's competition while Bill Mildenhall (VIC) will act as Referee Supervisor. For the women's competition it will be Kellie Knight (VIC) representing Australia in Bangkok. Also in junior representative news, we are pleased to announce that FIBA Oceania has advised that we have been successful in our bid to conduct the FIBA U17 Oceania Championships in Brisbane later this year.

Finally, I would like to congratulate the respective NBL and WNBL clubs for their stellar presentation of Finals basketball to date. We have witnessed some enthralling and tight competition and I wish all remaining teams the best of luck for the upcoming games.

Yours sincerely

David Thodey


6 March 2009