2019 Life Members
Mr Denis Russell - Townsville Basketball
Denis Russell has been involved in Townsville Basketball for over 30 years and is recognised as a driver of the growth and the emergence of Townsville Basketball as one of the major basketball associations in Queensland. Denis was largely responsible for the formation of the Townsville Fire in the WNBL in 2001-2002 which has been recognised by the introduction of the Denis Russell Commitment to Excellence Award.
At a state level, Denis was a Basketball Queensland Board member for many years, during which time he was strongly involved in the formation of the QBL. Denis was a strong advocate for policies and programs that supported regional centres, notably Basketball Queensland entering two teams (North and South) in the Australian Under 16 and Under 18 Championships.
In recognition of his high level of involvement in the advancement of basketball in Queensland over a span of more than 40 years, Denis has been awarded Life membership by Cannons Basketball Club & Life Membership of Townsville Basketball. He has also been recognised as Administrator of the year by both Basketball Queensland and Basketball Australia and tonight we are delighted to welcome him to the ranks of Basketball Queensland Life Member.
2017 Life Members
Mr Steve Lennon - Southern Districts Basketball
Orginally from Inverell in New South Wales, Steve Lennon soeant 26 years with Southern Districts Basketball coaching junior teams and involved in their administration and the procurements of sponsorships.
In 2001, Steve was elected as Financial Director of Basketball Queensland (BQ), which he held for eight years. Steve’s professional management and clear intent to build a strong balance sheet ensured BQ had a solid financial base from which to continue to work for our sport.
Mr Bill Dethlefs - Cairns Basketball
Bill started playing basketball in 1958 in Cairns, eventually going to to spend 13 years at Cairns Basketball as treasurer and was elected delegate of the association.
Bill was heavily involved as a hands-on basketball executive from 1958 until the mid-1970’s and there was also significant overlap within the executive responsibilities and activities across three different associations in this time.
2016 Life Members
Mr Neil Hamilton-Smith - Brisbane Basketball
- Began his association with basketball in the 1970’s.
- Spearheaded efforts to restore Brisbane Basketball stadium after the 1974 floods.
- Began his time as ‘The Voice of Brisbane’ in 1978.
- Sat on the Basketball Queensland board in the 1980’s and again from 2007-2015.
- During his role as chairman of the BQ Board, Neil achieved many things in the areas of Improvement in Governance and Game Development.
2015 Life Members
Mr Barrie Brady - Rockhampton Basketball
2014 Life Members
Mr Ronald Blades - Toowoomba Basketball
2013 Life Members
Mrs Lyn Giles
Mr Noel McGilvray
2012 Life Members
Mr John Gouldson - Toowoomba Basketball
Mr David White - Brisbane Basketball
Mr Leo Moloney - Brisbane Basketball
2011 Life Members
Mrs Carol Paganoni - Cairns Basketball
Mrs Carmel Cave - Rockhampton Basketball
2009 Life Members
Mr Sidney Page - Maroochydore Basketball
Mr Donald J Coates - Brisbane Basketball
2008 Life Members
Mr Robert Lambourn - Brisbane Basketball
Mrs Pamela J Hamilton-Smith - Brisbane Basketball
2007 Life Members
Mrs Norma Connolly - Mackay Basketball
2000 Life Members
Mr Harold Peacock - Southport Basketball
1999 Life Members
Mr Robert Henry - Maryborough Basketball
1997 Life Members
Mr Kerrod J Marler - Rockhampton Basketball
1991 Life Members
Mrs Elaine (Falconer) Thompson - Murgon Basketball
1988 Life Members
1987 Life Members
Mr Terry Doherty - Bundaberg Basketball
1986 Life Members
Mr Robert J Rayner - Brisbane Basketball
1985 Life Members
Mr Garth Glover - Ayr Basketball
1984 Life Members
Mr Fredericus A M Van Dongen - Brisbane Basketball
Mr Vincent J Flynn - Townsville Basketball
1980 Life Members
Mr Kenneth J Madsen MBE - Brisbane Basketball
1979 Life Members
Mr Robert Young OAM - Brisbane Basketball
Mrs Cilva Russell - QWABA / Brisbane
Mrs Marie Smith - QWABA / Toowoomba
Dr Ivor Burge - University