Life Members


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.

Denis Russell

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 Steve Lennon

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.

Bill Dethlefs

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.

Neil Hamilton-Smith

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 Robery Henry - Maryborough Basketball

1997 Life Members

Mr Kerrod J Marler - Rockhampton Basketball

1991 Life Members

Mrs Elaine (Falconer) Thompson - Murgon Basketball

1988 Life Members

Mr Ray Alloway - Maryborough Basketball

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 Marsden MBE - Brisbane Basketball

1979 Life Members

Mr Robert Young OAM - Brisbane Basketball

Life Members

Mrs Cilva Russell - QWABA / Brisbane

Mrs Marie Smith - QWABA / Toowoomba

Dr Ivor Burge - University


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