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Allan Yates Elected Basketball ACT President

Basketball ACT are pleased to welcome long-time player, coach, and administrator, Allan Yates, as Basketball ACT President.

Voted in at the Feb. 21 AGM, Yates replaces David Leaney after a successful four-year term with the organisation.

During his time as BACT president, Leaney facilitated huge improvements in the finances of the organisation, and says he is confident the organisation is now in a good position.

“I’ll take away a sense of pride in what we have all collectively achieved, and I’ll also take away gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the organisation and the sport,” says Leaney. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with two great CEOs – Maxwell Gratton and Michael Haynes. I’ve also had the chance to work with some fabulous Directors on the Board. For the past few years, we’ve had a Board of Directors with 50-50 gender equity, including some younger Directors and non-basketball people, who are specialists in law, finance, sports management, and governance.”

“We also had some highly experienced basketball people on the Board,” he adds. “Frankly, we’ve had a pretty high calibre Board of Directors for a local not-for-profit sporting organisation. I’ve also really enjoyed the chance to work with the ACT Government – Active Canberra as well as the Ministers and advisors. But most of all, I’ve enjoyed working with and meeting so many of the people associated with the organisation – everyone from Club presidents to Canberra Capitals to SEABL players to volunteers to spectators.”

“The main highlight that people won’t see is the turnaround of the organisation to one that is profitable, has money in the bank, is fully compliant, and is now well-positioned for future growth and improvements,” says Leaney. “The main highlight that people hopefully will see is the outdoor 3×3 facility at Belconnen. I’m proud that we have the first FIBA international-standard purpose-built outdoor 3×3 facility anywhere in Australia. Our fabulous Canberra-based women’s 3×3 team that won gold at the Asia Cup are proof of what that can mean for basketball. And 3×3 is now an Olympic sport for Tokyo in 2020.”

Looking forward, Leaney anticipates Yates continuing to maintain the strong business structure of Basketball ACT that he focused on during his own term, and hopes that the members of the Board as well as the individuals who play with Basketball ACT will be diversified to bring a fresh perspective to the organisation.

Yates says he is glad to be beginning his presidency while the association is in a strong financial position, due to the strategic work of Leaney and the Board, and is committed to furthering the sport by improving the culture both on and off the court.

Having been a player, coach, and administrator at the Club, Association, national and international levels, Yates says he has a strong understanding of Basketball ACT and the sporting culture in Canberra. He has also worked as Manager of Media and Public Relations at the Australian Sports Commission and Australian Institute of Sport before going to Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games.

“This sport has been very good to me – it has got me around Australia and around the world and I still feel that I owe it,” he says. “I look forward to working with the Association, the staff, the clubs and schools, the rep programs and the broader basketball community to take the sport forward.”

At the February AGM, Director Jocelyn Martin was also re-elected, while John Solomon replaced Kate Corkery on the BACT Board, who retired from her position as Vice President.

Basketball ACT would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have been involved and continue to be involved in running and improving this organisation.

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