The Dandenong Basketball Association are excited to announce that they were the proud recipients of four awards at last night’s 2016 City of Greater Dandenong Sports Awards. Taking out Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, the All Abilities Award and the Major Award of the night, Sports Club of the Year. Dandenong Basketball CEO Graeme Allen was thrilled. “We had a fantastic night, it was an awesome result for a lot of hard work done by our terrific staff and dedicated volunteers.”
The Greater Dandenong Sports Awards recognise the exceptional contribution made by local clubs, teams and individuals, whose outstanding work has made a positive contribution to the Greater Dandenong sporting community in areas such as enhancing performance, improvement, engaging disaffected youth through sport and inclusive engagement of all groups within the community to increase participation.
As the Club of the Year, the DBA were recognised as one of the leading basketball clubs in the country. Following on from the Victorian Basketball Association’s Junior Program of the Year Award earlier this year, the DBA have continued to take enormous steps in Junior Development with 13 Ranger juniors representing Vic Metro and Country in the last 12 months. Following the fabulous pathway program the Rangers have in place, many junior Rangers go on to compete in the VYC, SEABL and WNBL.
Coach of the Year Larissa Anderson continues on her winning way, taking out Coach of the Year. Her 2015 SEABL Women’s Team took out the Team of the Year Award. With over 20 years under her belt as a player and coach, Anderson was recognised for her outstanding SEABL record after coaching the Rangers to four championships in six years. DBA CEO Graeme Allen said “Larissa is going to need a new trophy cabinet! The success of the SEABL team is linked to Larissa’s drive to develop and the guidance she provides her players.”
The final award for the night was presented to DBA stalwart Bob Tyler in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the DBA’s All Abilities Program. What began with two teams has grown to over nine and Bob has been instrumental in the success and growth of the program. Bob is loved by all who have been touched by his generosity and passion for our All Abilities athletes.