John Maddock award BA Life Membership

John Maddock award BA Life Membership

Legendary basketball player and administrator John Maddock has received one of the sport’s highest honours as he was awarded life membership of Basketball Australia at the Annual General Meeting in Sydney this weekend.

Maddock has made an outstanding contribution to Basketball Australia over more than 40 years both as an athlete and a leading administrator, including as Basketball Australia Chair for 11 years.

Chair of the BA Board Scott Derwin said the basketball community was proud to bestow a worthy honour on Maddock in recognition of his tireless and enduring contribution to the game.

“John’s hard work, enthusiasm and energy to grow our game over more than four decades has been nothing short of remarkable,” Mr Derwin said.

“As Chair of the BA Board, John oversaw a transformation in the sport involving many significant initiatives – the biggest being the creation of a unified approach to Australian basketball in terms of strategy, structure and skills to achieve greater consistency in the delivery of higher-quality programs and services.

“Under his leadership the BA Board achieved financial stability and created the climate for growth that resulted in the national and international prominence of the Australian teams – something which cannot be underestimated.

“John’s personal commitment, passion and professional approach to governance have been a boon for our sport. On behalf of the broader basketball community, I congratulate him on his life membership of BA and thank him for his generous support of the game.”

John tipped off his playing career with the Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club in 1965, representing Victoria in numerous Australian Championships before representing Australia at the World Championships in 1974 and 1978, as well as the Montreal Olympics in 1976. In total, he represented the Boomers on 49 occasions.

Following his retirement as an athlete, John devoted himself to basketball administration, serving as Chair of the Board of Basketball Victoria before being appointed to the BA Board in 1992, where he served as Chair from 1997 to 2008, then member from 2009 to 2011.

John was a key leader during Australian basketball’s unification process which commenced in 2001 with the One Basketball review – integrating the four national bodies (BA, NBL, WNBL and ABA) into a single unified national governing body for the sport of basketball in Australia.