Basketball mourns the loss of a true shining light

Basketball mourns the loss of a true shining light

The Australian basketball community is in mourning following the shock passing of well-known and much-loved basketball administrator Kathy Henricks.

In her time in the sport, Mrs Henricks fulfilled a number of important administrative roles. She was a passionate supporter of junior representative teams as well as teams with athletes with an intellectual disability. Kathy served as the President of the Somerset Basketball Club in Tasmania, and In August she was honoured with life membership of the North West Basketball Union (NWBU).

NWBU President Lou Cox said “Mrs Henricks’ death was a real shock and her work behind the scenes had been outstanding. I’ve only ever had admiration for Kathy and her loss will be greatly felt – she was a real asset to the sport and any club she was involved with,” he said.

Mrs Henricks’ initial involvement with the sport was as a player at Smithton, Tasmania, when she was a teenager. She continued her playing years in Burnie where she relocated and that is where she had her first taste of basketball administration, where she began to perform a number of off-court roles and duties. From there she moved to Somerset, where she eventually became President.

She was a successful junior coach and for many years helmed the Tasmanian State Men’s Team for athletes with an intellectual disability at the Ivor Burge Championships. Mrs Henricks passed away in her Somerset home in Tasmania last week. Her funeral took place today, Wednesday, 29 September, where Somerset basketballers formed a guard of honour, as they bid farewell to a much-loved and already greatly missed figure in the sport.