Today, July 19 2021, marks Basketball Queensland’s (BQ) Diamond Jubilee, recognising 75 years of an organised state governing body overseeing basketball in Queensland.
From our humble beginnings as the Queensland Amateur Basketball Association (QABA) in 1946 through to the formation of Basketball Queensland, our rich history has seen basketball thrive, cementing our place in the Queensland sporting landscape.
Today the sport boasts more than 35 associations across the state with over 46,000 players, officials and coaches involved in our great game, plus countless more administrators and volunteers.
“It’s a great honour to lead Basketball Queensland into our Diamond Jubilee this year, celebrating the history and milestones of our great game and organisation that has shaped who we are today,” BQ Chief Executive Officer Graham Burns said.
“I’ve been with BQ for more than 17 years and during that time I have seen the organisation undergo a great number of changes, each one designed to create more opportunities and pathways for our participants to get involved, develop and stay in the game.
“I couldn’t be prouder when I look back at what has been achieved in the last 75 years and look forward to witnessing the future growth and potential of basketball unleashed even further.”
Throughout the month of August, BQ will be celebrating our past, present and future before the release of our special 75th anniversary book “The Playmakers: The History of Basketball Queensland”.