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Dear Life Members, Players, Coaches, Parents & Families,

Welcome to the first in a regular series of communications from the General Manager.

While I’m only acting in the GM role – and still very much committed to my position at Central Coast Academy of Sport – I feel it’s important to have this opportunity to write to you, so thank you for reading.

An exciting 2019, a challenging 2020
2019 was a big year on the court for Central Coast Basketball.

It was a big year that brought players, coaches, fans and families a lot of joy as we celebrated winning the title of ‘Most Successful Senior Association on Court’ from Basketball NSW, headlined by the Crusaders Men’s Championship title win, what an outstanding result for our club! In the Junior program, there was even more to celebrate after Aimee Pope was crowned Volunteer of the Year (U21) and the Rebels Women’s U14 team qualified for the National Championships.

2020 has been a very different year, off the court.

Covid-19 has forced some very challenging changes on all of us and we are all having to learn to adapt to a new way of life. Our community has been affected like every other, our sport too.

Thank you to our team – past, present and future
At Central Coast Basketball, we have had to adapt and accept the need to make some difficult decisions. In May, we had to say goodbye to Karen Irwin, Sue Martens, Jo O’Neill, Jo Lewis and Kathryn Yacoel and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of them for their service to the Association over many years.

More recently, there have been further people changes as a result of Julia Cassidy, Deb Jacobs and Mick Ryan each deciding to take a step back from their roles at the stadium. I would like to thank each of them for all their efforts, expertise and generosity in giving their time.

Looking ahead, we’re equally very grateful to have people like Jared Scoines, Amanda Marjanovic, Luke Cassidy and Larissa O’Connell on the team, not to mention the support of all our casual employees and volunteers. Thank you one and all!

I would also like to mention just how much support we have received from Breakers Country Club in these tough times.  CEO Ken Pearson has shown the true value of a strong partnership by not only renewing Breakers’ generous sponsorship but also offering us access to their own people to help with the all-important task of keeping our stadium Covid-safe. Thanks to Ken and the Breakers Board for giving us their full support.

Looking forward to more regular updates
While times may be tough, we have a lot to be grateful for. What’s more, we also have a lot to look forward to. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with regular communications so we can keep you up-to-date with any changes.

Let me start by announcing the appointment of a new Competitions Manager.

After completing a formal search, the process led us back to someone close to home, namely Nathan (Killi) Akamarmoi.

The Akamarmoi family is well known to the club and to many of you – I know Killi’s looking forward to joining the team, giving back to the club and working in the all-important Competitions area.

This is what I hope will be the first in many more updates to come, all part of improving how we communicate with all of you. This new newsletter, the recent Zoom video calls I have hosted with many of you as Interim GM, and plans for a new mobile app for all team updates are just some of the ways in which we’re hoping to communicate better.

With that in mind, if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact me directly at ian@ccbasketball.com.au, I’d love to hear from you.

Ian Robilliard
Interim General Manager