Key Basketball Administrator Keith Fenton passes away

Key Basketball Administrator Keith Fenton passes away

Basketball Australia wishes to extent its deep sorrow to the family and friends of great Australian basketball figure Keith Fenton, who sadly passed away recently.

Keith Fenton first became associated with Basketball when he played the game at Sydney Technical High School, representing his school in the first Combined High School Championships held in 1950, and subsequently representing from 1951 to 1953.

Leaving school at the end of 1953, Keith Fenton joined the Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission and played Basketball with their team in the Public Service competitions.

Fenton rang Bill Kain at the State Office on November 5, 1965 to inquire the name of the Association Secretary nearest to his home to pick up more games each week. This led to a call to Maurie Mooney, the Secretary of the Canterbury Bankstown Association and an invitation to their Annual General Meeting.

At this meeting Keith Fenton found himself elected as the Association’s Secretary, a position he held until he resigned in 1980. For many years, Keith acted as the Association Treasurer, President, Doorkeeper, Gymnasium cleaner, and was often required to fill in as coach as well as manage every junior team (Under 10 to Under 21) at State titles as well as holding similar duties for the Open Men.

In December 1966, Bill Kain invited Keith Fenton to stand for the ABA of NSW position of Treasurer in 1967. After two years in that role Keith was elected Secretary of the State Association, a role he maintained until the office was abolished in 1984.

Besides the long term interest in administration, Keith Fenton found time to manage several of the State’s Open Men’s team at National Championships and ten State Junior Men’s sides at National Championships in the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s.

Besides this State representation, Keith Fenton managed the Canterbury Bankstown Junior and Open Men’s teams at State titles for fourteen years and then for the first seven years at the National League level.

Keith Fenton’s service to the Canterbury Bankstown Association saw him become their first Life Member, an honour befitting the man who also designed the layout and building of their stadium at Bankstown, including their extensions and additions.

Keith Fenton was further honoured by becoming the 14th Life Member of NSWBA in 1982, and he was further awarded as a Hall of Fame Member in March 2011.

The late Keith Fenton passed away on Friday 1 July, 2011. Keith’s funeral will be held on Friday 8 July at Woronora Cemetery, South Chapel, at 2pm.