2014/15 JUNIOR LAKERS TEAMS
OUR JUNIOR TOWN TEAMS (ASSOC REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS)
TRY OUTS TO BE HELD IN AUGUST 10th and 17th 2014
ALL PLAYERS ARE TO BE REGISTERED PRIOR TO TRYING OUT
As 2012 draws to a close it is time to say a big and sincere thank you to our dedicated and valued volunteers of our Association. The Board of Basketball Mount Gambier deeply appreciates these efforts and commitment as it acknowledges Basketball Mount Gambier is one of the few remaining local sporting organisations which relies so heavily on volunteer help. Everyone can be proud of the professional level at which the Association operates, the whole-hearted commitment to our many programs and the dedication of our coaches, officials and club administrators.
There is a feeling of satisfaction, positivity and togetherness as the Association enjoys the successes and achievements of 2012.
Reflecting on Year 2012, there are many highlights including:-
Mount Gambier’s Ebony McDiarmid had an outstanding week in the SAC U17 team at the Pacific Slam.
Under 18 – Matt Parslow, Matt Markiewicz, Jackson Trappett, Kane deWit, Samantha Loughhead, Georgia Green and Brianna Walters.
Under 16 - Sam Stafford, Stephen Sochacki, Brad Rathjen and Rachael Hines.
As a result of Sam Stafford’s consistently outstanding performances during the Under 16 Nationals, he was invited to attend the Australian Junior Development Camp at the AIS in Canberra at the end of September. He continued to impress at the Camp and has received an invitation to attend the Australian Junior Development Camp in January 2013, as part of the selection process for the Australian team for the 2014 Junior World Championships.
The support of the City of Mount Gambier and local business houses also played a pivotal role in this success, enabling the event to offer blue ribbon hospitality to the thousands of visitors to the city.
The achievements of the Junior Lakers Teams added to the success of the weekend. Lakers won all four of the Girl’s Division 1 competitions, the Under 16 Boys Division 1 & 2 and Under 14 Girls Division 3 title.
Major Works Programs which are completed/nearing completion/in progress include:-
Stage 1 Canteen Kitchen
Stage 2 Canteen Complex and new Viewing area
Stage 3 Upgrade of Toilet facilities to be compliant with legislation.
(City of Mount Gambier Grants have made the above possible.)
Court 1 – Floor replacement and seating upgrade – Basketball Mount Gambier received a Grant from the Office of Recreation & Sport ($100,000) to make Court 1 a truly “Showcase” Court, compliant with SEABL, NBL National Netball requirements.
The Board asks members to be patient and tolerant during these upgrades. Volunteer help is appreciated too – speak to Ray deWit or a Board Member.
In Late June 2012 Basketball Mount Gambier presented a submission to the City of Mount Gambier for Court 4. This submission evolved from the steady increase in numbers of players, both senior and juniors over the past three years.
On the domestic scene, the profile of local Summer Season basketball was lifted by the preparation and presentation of Most Valuable Player Counts and Special Awards, including recognition of current players who have played more than 500 games in senior competitions.
Life Memberships were awarded to Sonya Knight and Robert Tremelling at the 2012 AGM.
In conclusion the Board thanks everyone involved in our operation and competitions in 2012. You are the heart and soul of our Association.
December 17th is the last night of competition for 2012. Competition resume on Tuesday January 28th 2013.
Best Wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and well deserved holiday break.
Basketball Mount Gambier Inc.