Kilsyth Basketball has taken home a total of eight awards from the 2017 Basketball Victoria Awards dinner, which was held on Saturday night at the State Basketball Centre.
WNWBL Cobras young gun Teisha Shadwell was named the Charles Ryan Wheelchair Athlete of the Year, following an impressive rookie campaign in 2017. Debuting at the national level at just 14 years of age, Shadwell defied the odds to star in in her first season, averaging 9.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game en-route to being named the WNWBL’s Best Young Talent for 2017.
Mal Allison was the recipient of the Allan Ashe Memorial Award for 40 years of volunteer service. Mal has been a longtime contributor to Kilsyth Basketball and served in a number of capacities, most notably as a Junior Cobras and Domestic Coach and Board Member, and currently serves as the Chairman of Kilsyth Basketball.
SEBC Saints coach Jackie Lee was awarded the Molten Domestic Coach of the Year for 2017. Jackie has played an instrumental role in developing the Saints Junior Domestic program, which has produced a number of collegiate and Cobras SEABL stars.
Kilsyth Basketball was also recognised for its success in the media field, winning the Media Coverage of the Year Award for 2017.
Finally, four Kilsyth Basketball representatives were recognised with long service awards, headlined by Kilsyth Basketball Hall of Famer and former Olympic referee, Sharon Arnold. Sharon was honoured for 35 years of service to basketball; NBL referee Raoul Kirsten and former Junior Cobras coach Peter Withers received 25 year awards; and Kilsyth referee and inclusive programs volunteer Prue Green was recognised for 15 years of service.
Mark Landells and Claire Knight have re-signed to lead the Cobra VYC Men’s and Women’s teams, respectively, for the 2019 Big-V season. After leading Kilsyth to the 2017 state championship, Landells guided the Cobras a 12-10 regular season record in 2018. Despite missing championship starters Ben Ursich (SEABL), Jamie Ahale (college) and Zac Wuersching
Kilsyth Basketball Hall of Famer Sharon Arnold has been inducted into the Technical Officials Commission (TOC) Wall of Fame, highlighting a long list of award winners from our referee department at the annual TOC Awards on Sunday. Sharon was also the winner of the Neil Bradbury Award as she was recognised as the Referee Advisor
The Hon James Merlino, Deputy Premier of Victoria, officially broke ground on Melba College’s Stage 2 rebuild last Thursday, which includes a new four court basketball stadium to be co-run by Kilsyth Basketball. The newest addition to Kilsyth Basketball will feature four FIBA competition sized courts, highlighted by a beautiful 700 seat show court.