NBL1 To Celebrate Indigenous Round
NBL1 will celebrate Indigenous Round this week to recognise the important role played by Indigenous Australians in the national basketball community.
All referees will wear a special Indigenous uniform displaying the Basketball Victoria Indigenous emblem and several teams will stage a Welcome to Country before their games.
There are 15 players, including eight men and seven women, registered as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders in NBL1. They are:
Taran Armstrong - Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence
Chris Patton - Kilsyth Cobras
William Hickey - Melbourne Tigers
Tamuri Wigness - Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence
Jaden Weldon - Southern Sabres
Deba George - Albury-Wodonga Bandits
Tre Armstrong - North West Thunder
Joel Beveridge - North West Thunder
Katie Bugden - Melbourne Tigers
Brianna Gregory - Diamond Valley Eagles
Eliza van de Kamp - Hobart Huskies
Shelby Britten - Eltham Wildcats
Paige French - Launceston Tornadoes
Sian Gillam - Eltham Wildcats
Alex Wilson - Diamond Valley Eagles
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “Indigenous Australians have played an important role in the development of Australian basketball with the likes of Patty Mills and Nate Jawai playing in the NBL and NBA.
“We are delighted that we have a number of Indigenous players in NBL1 and we are committed to working with Indigenous Australia to ensure we continue to create pathways for Indigenous players in our game.”
The Nunwading Spectres are scheduled to host local rivals, Kilsyth Cobras Saturday night with the women’s game tipping off at 5:30pm followed by the men’s game at 7:30pm.