Vale George Dancis

Vale George Dancis

Basketball Australia is saddened to have learned of the passing of former Australian Men’s National team representative and Hall of Famer, George Dancis.

Born in Lativa, Dancis migrated to Adelaide after the Second World War and would later help South Australia dominate the Australian Championships.

Standing at 200 centimetres and known as ‘Big George’ in his playing days, Dancis was a pioneering player in Australian international basketball and a member of the first Australian team to ever compete in an Olympic basketball competition when selected for the 1956 Games in Melbourne.

He would play an impressive 11 official games for Australia including the pre-Olympic tournament in Rome during 1960.

Dancis was inducted into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Basketball Australia extends its deepest sympathies to the family of George Dancis and those closest to him.

George Dancis
28 November 1932 – 20 April 2021



Images courtesy of Dr. Adrian Hurley OAM