Margaret has been involved with the K&MDBA for over 30 years, during this time she has worked tirelessly to develop the Daytime Ladies Basketball Competition while serving for both local domestic clubs and on the Association Executive.

One of Margaret biggest contributions to the sport and wider community was lobbying government, with then Association Secretary Ruth Woolcock, to grant restricted licenses to Sports Centres for occasional care.  This allowed the K&MDBA to provide occasional care child minding for mums while they played daytime basketball.  This has resulted in more participants in Daytime Ladies Competitions.     

During her speech in accepting the award Margaret praised the efforts of those around her “This award goes to everyone who has supported me including my family and the Association staff.”

“It is an honour to accept such a prestigious award, Basketball Victoria’s Women in Basketball program has helped to recognise the contribution women give to the sport while providing networking opportunities,” she said.

Margaret was proud to win the award from Michelle Timms, “to receive this award from someone of the status of Michelle Timms is fantastic; she is an inspiration to those in the community. I look forward to continuing my work for the community and for the participants of the Daytime Ladies Competition.”

Association President Malcolm Allison was excited when told of the award. “Margaret has been a loyal volunteer within the Association for over 30 years; she has kindly offered her time to provide opportunities for others to participate in basketball.”

“It is people like Margaret that make Associations successful and her work has been instrumental in the success of the K&MDBA.  Our Association is very lucky to have Margaret and many other fantastic volunteers like her, who offer their time to the community,” he said.

The Women in Basketball Program is an initiative of Basketball Victoria that aims to introduce women to the sport while retain and further encourage those already participating. The Advancing Women in Basketball Award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the welfare of women in basketball, developed a successful program targeting women and to unsung heroines doing amazing things with little recognition.

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