OUTSTANDING achievements on and off the court were celebrated on Saturday morning as Basketball Victoria Country announced its 2017 BVC Awards recipients.
Held in conjunction with the BVC Under-12 Country Championships, the BVC Awards Breakfast celebrates the outstanding efforts of administrators, volunteers, coaches, referees, players and associations for their work in our game.
The peak award presented at the BVC Awards Breakfast is the Jack Terrill Medal – named for one of BVC’s most influential figures across its storied 51-year history.
This year’s medallist Jeff McKerrow, is a man worth celebrating for his efforts in country basketball across the years at Swan Hill, Wodonga and for BVC.
Throughout that time, McKerrow’s tireless contributions towards country basketball ensured the game shone.
As a player still living in Swan Hill, McKerrow was selected in the very first BVC representative team that toured Tasmania in December 1971 and was named captain of the team the following year as well.
Jeff served on the BVC Committee for many years, first as a Regional Supervisor, then as an Executive Member and also served as President from June 1999 to September 2002.
Throughout the entirety of country basketball, the efforts of our community continue to elevate our sport to higher levels and pursue even greater ambitions.
Highlighted by her elevation to the WNBL panel, Tayla Flint (Bendigo) was named Most Improved Senior Female Referee in league with Bailey Baxter (Bendigo) as the Most Improved Junior Male Referee, Aimey Freeman (Moe) as the Most Improved Junior Female Referee and Brodie McLachlan (Warragul) as the Most Improved Senior Male Referee. Our referee development awards went to Mildura Basketball Association (Large Association) and Colac Basketball Association (Small Association).
Linking up once again for another round of well-deserved accolades, Gerard Hillier (Southern Peninsula) and Agnes Emma-Nnopu (Bellarine Peninsula) were named Male Coach of the Year and Junior Female Athlete of the Year for their exceptional work with the under-18 Victoria Country women’s team which won gold at last year’s national championships. Josh Kunan (Ballarat) and Sharon Denham (Swan Hill) were the respective winners of the Male Junior Athlete of the Year and Female Coach of the Year.
Loiuse Brown (Warrnambool) and Glen Jordan (Geelong) were recognised for their outstanding work in the inclusion and diversity space as our best to contribute to programs for athletes with an intellectual disability.
Ballarat Basketball (Large Association) and Korumburra Basketball Association (Small Association) were recognised for their stellar years on and off the court as our most outstanding associations.
The Border-Mail newspaper was named the Bill McCarthy Media Award winner for its amazing contribution to local basketball through its publication.
Rounding out the awards were Kelley Roffey (Wodonga) and Peter Lemke (Colac) as our Administrators of the Year while Amanda Wheaton (Yarrawonga-Mulwala) and Tony Sleep (Horsham) were named as our Volunteers of the Year.
Basketball Victoria Country manager David Huxtable said 2017 was another exceptional year for country athletes, coaches, referees and associations and congratulated everyone involved in the sport throughout regional Victoria.
“We’re extremely fortunate in country basketball to have excellent players, coaches, referees and administrators throughout Victoria,” Huxtable said. “Without their tireless work our sport would not be where it is today, so we’re thrilled to highlight and acknowledge those who toil for country basketball.
“The BVC Awards are an important function on the basketball calendar as we get to bring together those amazing individuals and associations to celebrate their work.
“On behalf of Basketball Victoria Country, we’d like to congratulate all our BVC Award winners and to everyone throughout the country basketball community for another incredible year in 2017.”
The BVC Under-12 Country Championships run from 6-8 April at Bendigo Basketball Stadium.
BVC AWARDS – 2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS
JUDY DOYE AWARD – FEMALE ADMINISTRATOR
Kelly Roffey – Wodonga
ASHLEY DONALDSON AWARD – MALE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Peter Lemke – Colac
BEV BAUER AWARD – FEMALE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Amanda Wheaton – Yarrawonga-Mulwala
ROSS BIRTHISEL MEMORIAL AWARD – MALE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Tony Sleep – Horsham
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A LARGE ASSOCIATION
KEITH WILSON MEMORIAL AWARD
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT BY A SMALL ASSOCIATION
Korumburra Basketball Association
BOB OSBORNE AWARD –
FEMALE CONTRIBUTION TO PROGRAMS FOR ATHLETES WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
Louise Brown – Warrnambool
GARY BIRD AWARD –
MALE CONTRIBUTION TO PROGRAMS FOR ATHLETES WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
Glen Jordan – Geelong
BILL MCCARTHY MEDIA AWARD – PROMOTION OF BASKETBALL
Border Mail (Albury-Wodonga)
JACK TERRILL MEDAL
Jeff McKerrow – Swan Hill/Wodonga
OWEN HUGHAN AWARD – MALE COACH
Gerard Hillier – Southern Peninsula
CHERYL CREIGHTON AWARD – FEMALE COACH
Sharon Denham – Swan Hill
RAY BORNER AWARD – JUNIOR MALE ATHLETE
Josh Kunan – Ballarat
KRISTI HARROWER AWARD – JUNIOR FEMALE ATHLETE
Agnes Emma-Nnopu – Bellarine Peninsula
TERRY DAVIS AWARD – MOST IMPROVED JUNIOR MALE REFEREE
Bailey Baxter – Bendigo
DENNIS MORGAN MEMORIAL AWARD – MOST IMPROVED JUNIOR FEMALE REFEREE
Aimey Freeman – Moe
ROD BUSH AWARD – MOST IMPROVED SENIOR MALE REFEREE
Brodie McLachlan – Warragul
HELEN PAWSEY AWARD – MOST IMPROVED FEMALE SENIOR REFEREE
Tayla Flint – Bendigo
JOHN HOLDEN AWARD – REFEREE DEVELOPMENT AT A LARGE ASSOCIATION
Mildura Basketball Association
NOEL BYERS AWARD – REFEREE DEVELOPMENT AT A SMALL ASSOCIATION
Colac Basketball Association