Basketball Geelong officially opened the newest basketball facility in the region on Saturday 25th November, with the AWA Alliance Bank Stadium playing host to more than 200 guests on the brand-new courts for a gala dinner.
While games have been played in the 6-court facility since the 4th November, Saturday night was an opportunity for the who’s who of basketball to attend and celebrate the success of the project that has been years in the making.
“It is such an exciting time for Basketball Geelong to have our own 6 court facility to cater to the demand of our players in the Geelong region,” said Basketball Geelong Chairman Sebastian Loader.
“Having our own courts has been a goal of our association for a number of years, and several other plans and projects have been designed over that time that have not come to fruition. To be able to stand up in front of all our supporters and officially open this facility was very fulfilling,” Mr Loader said.
Mr Loader acknowledged the support of the naming rights partner of the stadium, AWA Alliance Bank.
“AWA Alliance Bank have been such amazing supporters of this project, and we would not have been able to open this facility without them. We look forward to continuing our partnership with AWA Alliance Bank for many years to come.”
As well as the official opening of the AWA Alliance Bank Stadium, the evening saw three new Life Members being inducted to Basketball Geelong, the first Life Members to be inducted since 2007.
Life Membership is the highest award available to recognize the outstanding contribution of individuals to Basketball Geelong, and is only awarded in exceptional circumstances.
JACQUI NEILL was inducted after serving as referee supervisor and customer service officer for Basketball Geelong for more than 40 years. Jacqui was acknowledged for dedicating her time and energy to helping junior players learn the game of basketball and have fun while doing it, as well as being a mentor for many up and coming referees over her years at the association.
ALLEN MCKEE was inducted for his role in coaching both with Try Boys domestic club and with the Geelong Supercats elite representative teams. Allen first joined Try Boys in 1976 and is well known for his commitment to coaching juniors, including the Bear Cubs program for beginner basketball players. Allen was also an assistant coach for the Geelong Supercats SEABL team from 2002 – 2014, and was involved with the team winning four conference championships, one All-SEABL championship and a national ABA championship over that period.
KEITH RODERICK was inducted not only for his ongoing support for the YMCA Basketball Club, beginning with coaching and extending to the resurrection of the female program, but also for his support of Basketball Geelong and the Geelong Supercats as a sponsor through his business, Roderick Insurance Brokers. Keith has sponsored the club for the past 18 years and was the naming rights partner of the inaugural SEABL women’s team in 2011 and was an integral part in getting the team on the floor in that first year, culminating in the SEABL women winning a championship in 2017.
PHOTOS OF THE NIGHT THANKS TO TRACK IMAGES