BASKETBALL Victoria Country has announced the Wonthaggi Amateur Basketball Association (WABA) as the winner of the Keith Wilson Memorial Award for Small Association of the Year in 2018.
WABA President, Cathy Garnham, said the award was an acknowledgement of a lot of hard work put in by the community over many years.
“We’ve been building something pretty special at WABA over many years, but particularly the last five,” said Cath.
“The award acknowledges the effort we’ve put into referee and coach development, the improved level of our competition, our willingness to try new things to attract participants and of course, the community efforts in building the new stadium.
“It’s an exciting time for basketball in Wonthaggi,” continued Cath.
Basketball Victoria Country (BVC) General Manager, David Huxtable, said the BVC awards reflect the brilliant efforts by associations and clubs.
“We’d like to congratulate all the award winners on an incredible 2018,” said David.
“It was another bumper year for Victorian basketball, and we’re thrilled to highlight your achievements.”
A new three-court stadium, being built as part of the new Wonthaggi Secondary campus is due to be open for the 2020 basketball season.
“We’re really excited about moving to the new stadium,” continued Cath.
“With numbers in basketball increasing in the area, it’s been a challenge to schedule matches with limited court facilities.
“Our committee, referees, players and families have been extremely patient – but that’s all about to change,” Cath said of the new three-court stadium being built in Wonthaggi.
The association also recently acknowledged the efforts of its Coasters representative players at a presentation afternoon in Cape Paterson.
“We’re very proud of our young Coasters players. These children and their families spend a lot of time on their basketball and it was a pleasure to be able to acknowledge their efforts.
“We had some excellent on-court results this representative season, especially for our Under 18 girls team.
“But success to us is much bigger than this. We had great participation, developed new coaches and trained new referees.”
The next domestic basketball season kicked off in Wonthaggi on Monday, April 29.