The JCU Townsville Fire has appointed British Basketball’s former National Teams Director, Warwick Cann, to their seven-person Board.
Having recently returned to Australia following seven years in the UK, Cann, who boasts a wealth of knowledge including a decade-long stint in Townsville working for the Queensland Academy of Sport, replaces Claudia Brassard as the Fire’s Basketball Director following her recent appointment as head coach.
Having guided British Basketball to their best-ever international results, Cann said he was delighted to accept the Fire’s offer to join their Board following back-to-back WNBL championships.
“I am pleased that the opportunity has arisen so that I can offer my experience to help the JCU Townsville Fire continue to be a leading light for elite women’s sport in northern Australia,” Cann said.
“The Fire continue to punch above their weight nationally and have now established a benchmark for other community-owned sporting clubs to aspire to both on and off the court.
“I’m looking forward to playing my role with the club into the future.”
Over the past five years, the Fire has been one of the WNBL’s premier clubs, contesting four consecutive Grand Finals including back-to-back titles.
Chair Michelle Morton said that despite the club’s recent success, the Fire was always looking for new ways to improve including the acquisition of skills-based directors.
“We’re delighted that Warwick has agreed to join our Board and we look forward to utilising the experience that he has garnered over the past 20 years to ensure our clubs continued success and improvement moving forward,” Ms Morton said.
“Warwick boasts extensive experience working with elite teams and facilitating high performance programmes and we have no doubt that he’ll be a great asset to our Board and our club.
“Having resided in Townsville for more than a decade, he’s also very familiar with the Fire and what we mean to the North Queensland community, so we see his appointment as a great fit.”
The Fire’s board consists of Michelle Morton (Chair), Glenys Schuntner (Deputy Chair), Warwick Cann, George Milford, Stephen Motti, Cath Rule and Suzy Wilson.