Basketball Tasmania has remained committed to supporting Mosaic, a National Disability Insurance Scheme provider. Clients from this service provider receive ongoing basketball skill development through our coaches providing on court coaching sessions.
Ivor Burge Basketball
Basketball Tasmania Mens Team for People with and Intellectual Disability continue be a slam dunk when it comes to flying the flag for sport in Tasmania. Over many years players and coaches have received call ups to national teams, won national awards and even been recognised at the Tasmanian Human Rights Awards.
At the 2018 Basketball Australia Under 20 and Ivor Burge Basketball Championships the team came away with a bronze medal, defeating ACT 81 to 66. To come third at a National Championships is an impressive feat, but the team was also awarded by Basketball Australia Kim Larkin Fair Play Award, recognising the players, staff and supporters that show outstanding sportsmanship in the Ivor Burge Championship. And to make a fairy tale finish complete one of the young guns of the team, Dylan Pace, was award the tournaments most valuable player. the teams 2018 efforts were backed up in 2019, with another Bronze Medal.
Whilst the 2018 results for this team of hard working athletes and knowledgeable and dedicated staff are outstanding when you look at the bigger picture their culture of success, first started over 20 years, is truly amazing, and worthy to be judged against any of Tasmanians sports teams.
In the past four years this Tasmanian team has won three bronze medals at the Australian Championships, two tournament most valuable players (the 2016 winner was team Captain Bruce Stanley) , the Kim Larkin Fair Play Award and had three Australian national team call ups – Bruce Stanley, Josh Clearly and Dylan Pace, with Clearly and Pace winning bronze medals at international events with the Boomerangs, the Australian National Team.
Team Coach Odette Seabourne was justifiably proud of the team and its achievements. ”What sets us apart from others is the players feel as if we are a family and the actually play for each other and never want to let a family member down.”
The Stars Basketball Club
The Stars Basketball Club was formed in January 2020 and provides an avenue for players
with physical and/or mental disabilities to participate in competitive basketball. Competing in
Glenorchy Basketball Association’s social competition, there are currently 13 participants
spread across 2 teams with another 12 who regularly train but are unable to compete.
The Glenorchy Basketball Association has assisted with the purchase of balls as well as other
general costs, and has also altered their program to allow the club to participate without
providing score bench officials. In addition to reducing the cost structure and waiving their
administration fees, Glenorchy has also arranged funding in excess of $2,000 to provide new
uniforms for these teams. Glenorchy has also changed their roster to accommodate these
players with the most desirable game times, as well as providing specific referees who have
developed and nurtured a positive relationship with these athletes.
The Queer Sporting Alliance
The Queer Sporting Alliance are Australia’s largest LGBTIQA+ Sporting club with over 40
members. Participating as members of Glenorchy Basketball Association and competing
exclusively out of Moonah Basketball Stadium, this initiative took place in February 2020 out
of the desire to establish a sporting environment to help their players feel safe and
The Glenorchy Basketball Association spent time with the National Fitness Southern
Recreation Association (NSFRA) to change the toilet and change room structures at Moonah
Basketball Stadium to accommodate for these athletes, as well as working with sporting
database SportsTG to update their gender parameters to accommodate for individuals
identifying as non-binary. In addition to providing representative athletes to QSA
training sessions to help their members improve their basketball skills, Glenorchy also
maintains the provision of certain referees for games to encourage comfortability and
In collaboration with the Glenorchy City Council, the Glenorchy Basketball Association
sponsored the “Come Out and Play” Day to increase the player participation rates within the
Queer Sporting Alliance. Glenorchy also maintains significant involvement and support
for “Working It Out Tasmania”, an initiative which provides support and advocacy services for
LGBTIQA+ Tasmanians and education and training programmes to schools, workplaces,
government and non-government organisations.
As one of the most socially progressive and inclusive sporting clubs in Tasmania, the
Glenorchy Basketball Association were recognised by the Glenorchy City Council as the
inaugural City Sports Award Winner.