COUNTRY Victoria’s elite players, referees, administrators and programs were celebrated at the annual Basketball Victoria Country Awards.
The Victorian basketball community congratulated the best achievements in country basketball throughout 2018 on Saturday morning at Bendigo Stadium.
For his 43 years of incredible service to the country Victorian basketball across a number of different areas, Wayne Royal (Traralgon) was named the 2018 Jack Terrill Medallist.
Wayne’s resume speaks volumes for his character and his devotion to basketball throughout regional Victoria and in particular the Gippsland area.
From his start at Bairnsdale all the way through to the present at Traralgon, Wayne has without a doubt lived and breathed basketball. Whether coaching up and coming stars at these associations, working his way up to Victoria Country head coach, or giving back the next generation through his involvement in country basketball programs, Wayne has been committed and focused on improving standards and most importantly, helping out his community.
His coaching history includes every facet of the sport a country basketball mentor could be involved in – ACJBC, Southern Cross Challenge, NITP, Jamboree and many more appointments throughout his time in basketball.
Wayne’s dedication to his craft over the past 43 years in both his local association and within Basketball Victoria Country programs showcase his commitment and professionalism, making him a deserving winner of this year’s Jack Terrill Medal.
“Wayne Royal is one of those iconic country coaches and we’re thrilled to award him this year’s Jack Terrill Medal,” BVC General Manager David Huxtable said. “He has done everything for everyone throughout country Victoria and we’re lucky to have him impart his wisdom and experience for countless generations of players and coaches.
“He has been an incredible friend and mentor to all throughout country basketball and we’re lucky to have people like Wayne Royal within our sport.
“On behalf of BVC and the Victorian Country Commission, I’d like to congratulate him on this deserved accolade – probably one of a few awards or achievements he has yet to receive in an incredible career so far.”
Our junior player awards were won by Australian junior duo Jay Rantall (Warrnambool), Jade Melbourne (Traralgon) while Joel Anderson (Ballarat) and Ainslie Howard (Corio Bay) claimed our coaching awards.
Excelling from our associations in particular was Bellarine Peninsula, which won the Outstanding Achievement by a Large Association, alongside Echuca (Medium Association) and Wonthaggi (Small Association).
“The BVC Awards reflects the brilliant work our associations and clubs achieve every year,” Huxtable said. “Congratulations to all the award winners on an incredible 2018 – it was another bumper year for country Victorian basketball and we’re thrilled to highlight your achievements.“We encourage all players, coaches, referees and associations to continue submitting for the awards next year, as recognition is justly deserved for a number of elite individuals and associations throughout our country basketball community.”
BASKETBALL VICTORIA COUNTRY AWARDS – 2018 WINNERS LIST
Jack Terrill Award – Wayne Royal, Traralgon
Junior Male Athlete – Jay Rantall, Warrnambool
Junior Female Athlete – Jade Melbourne, Traralgon
Male Coach – Joel Anderson, Ballarat
Female Coach – Ainslie Howard, Corio Bay
Junior Male Referee – Nick Dale, Western Port
Junior Female Referee – Meg Hastie, Geelong
Senior Male Referee – Brodie McLachlan, Warragul
Senior Female Referee – Tayla Flint, Bendigo
Female Administrator of the Year – Chelsea Humphry, Mildura
Male Administrator of the Year – Kevin McLaren, Warragul
Female Volunteer of the Year – Simone Carrafa, Wallan
Male Volunteer of the Year – Adam Maher, Wangaratta
Outstanding Achievement by a Large Association – Bellarine Peninsula
Outstanding Achievement by a Medium Association – Echuca
Outstanding Achievement by a Small Association – Wonthaggi Basketball
Contribution by a Female to Diversity and Inclusion – Rebecca McIntyre, Horsham
Contribution by a Male to Diversity and Inclusion – Brenton Drinsdale, Gippsland
Outstanding Promotion of Basketball – “Geelong Coaches Network Facebook page”, Geelong
Large Association Referee Program – Southern Peninsula
Medium Association Referee Program – Wodonga
Small Association Referee Program – Foster