Lorraine Landon honoured with Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia

Lorraine Landon honoured with Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia

Basketball Australia’s Lorraine Landon has been awarded with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) during the Australia Day Honours Awards for service to basketball through a series of managerial and administrative roles.

Landon has successfully served in a long list of roles and responsibilities throughout her storied career in the sport, services that have been critical to the growth and success of Australian basketball both locally and internationally.

Currently serving as the General Manager, National Teams and Competitions (Life Member), a role she has performed since 2001, as well as Chairing the International Basketball Federation Women’s Commission (1984-1986; 2001- present; Life Member), Landon has also served as the Director of the Women’s National Basketball League (1996-2001; Life Member) and was the President of the Australian Women’s Basketball Committee (1982-1996).  

"Initially when I received the letter from the government, I was really shocked," she said.

"Once I told my husband, Kevin, I was really quite thrilled and proud. I think from my point of view it's a wonderful recognition of a long time in the sport, but also recognition for our sport itself, which is very important to me, that our sport is recognised for the great game that it is."

Lorraine has spent a great deal of time travelling with many of our national teams as they have taken on the world in Olympic Games, World Championships and many other international basketball tournaments and events.

She was the Manager of the Australian Basketball Teams that competed in the 1984 (Los Angeles) and 1988 (Seoul) Olympic Games. She was also the Manager for the Australian Women’s Basketball team that competed in the 1986 World Championships in Malaysia.

Lorraine has also performed a number of significant roles within Wheelchair Basketball as well services to the sport for People with a Disability.   

Lorraine continues to be a key and influential figure within the sport as it moves into a new era of growth and success.

"I'm very excited about where the sport is moving at the moment. It's been quite a journey for the last couple of years and I've been fortunate to be a part of that in my role. The sport has a great opportunity and I'm excited about what we can do to further develop our Leagues here in Australia and in particular, our Women's League," she said. 

"I'm also very excited about what we're doing in our disability area and with our wheelchair teams, so I think the sport is in great shape and I'm just very proud to be a part of it."

Lorraine Landon’s Service to the Sport of Basketball

General Manager, National Teams and Competitions, Basketball Australia, since 2001; Life Member
Chair, International Basketball Federation Women’s Commission, 1984-1986 and since 2002
Director, Basketball New South Wales, 1998-2003; Life Member
Director, Women’s National Basketball League, 1996-2001; Life Member
President, Australian Women’s Basketball Committee, 1982-1996

Manager, Australian Basketball Team, Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games
Manager, Australian Women’s Team, World Basketball Championships, Malaysia, 1986.

Director, State sports Centre Trust, 1994-2009
Member, NSW Sports Advisory Committee, 1994-2008
Director, Western Sydney Sports Academy, since 2005
General Manager, Sydney Kings and Sydney Flames Basketball teams, 1989-1997
Chief Executive Officer, Bankstown basketball Association,  1976-1988; Life Member

Manager, Wheelchair Basketball and Intellectual Disability Basketball, since 2003
Member, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Sport and Recreation for people with a Disability (NSW), recent appointment.