Fourteen admitted to Australian Basketball Hall of Fame
Fourteen greats of the sport of basketball - including Flames Operations Co-ordinator Trish Fallon - are to be enshrined in the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame (ABHF), Basketball Australia has announced.
Fourteen new inductees will receive Australian basketball's highest honour when the class of 2010 is welcomed to the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame at a star-studded black-tie event at The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Wednesday 18 August.
Fallon had a stellar career that spanned across 251 Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) games, including two championships with the Sydney Flames of 1993 and 1997, and 224 games for Australia.
She won three Olympic medals (two Silver, one Bronze) and one World Championship medal (Bronze), and will join former Opals teammates Sandy Brondello and Shelley Gorman in the ABHF induction class of 2010.
The name of the third person ever to have been elevated to Legend status, Australian basketball's highest honour, will be revealed on the night of the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame Dinner.
Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock, himself a previous Hall of Fame inductee, said the incoming class of inductees represented some of the sport's greatest heroes, on and off the court.
"The 2010 class of the Hall features fourteen individuals who all have given absolutely selflessly to our sport over an extended period of time," said Sengstock.
"They have all made their own indelible marks on basketball, and helped us grow our sport to where it is today. They make a fantastic addition to the Hall and I look forward to honouring them in Melbourne on August 18."
Full details of all 14 inductees for 2010 are below.
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About the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame
The Australian Basketball Hall of Fame recognises those people who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport of basketball in Australia at the international or national levels, NBL/WNBL, State/Association, local level, or to basketball generally. The ABHF is open to able-bodied athletes as well as athletes with a disability. Inductees to the ABHF will be in four divisions; Player, Coach, Technical Official and Contributor. The Legend Award is the ultimate award in the Hall of Fame and can be made only to persons who have previously been inducted into it, and whose service to basketball and Basketball Australia is worthy of the highest honour in Australia in the sport of basketball. The Basketball Australia Hall of Fame and National Basketball League Hall of Fame have been united under the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame to acknowledge the restructure of the NBL and Basketball Australia into a single, united governing body. There are 56 previous inductees.
Trisha Fallon - Player
Trisha Fallon was a cornerstone of the Opals during a period where expectations changed; now, instead of hoping to win medals, we expect to win medals and challenge for the gold. In her 224 games for Australia, Fallon won three Olympic medals (two Silver, one Bronze) and one World Championship medal (Bronze). At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Fallon was the captain of an Opals team that won every game until narrowly losing the Gold medal match to the United States 74-63. It was a disappointing end to an international career that also included the 2003 Maher Medal for Female International Player of the Year. Trisha appeared in 251 games in the WNBL and played a vital role in two championship teams (the Sydney Flames of 1993 and 1997). She was one of the faces of the League in the mid-1990's and drew notoriety in 1997 in winning a championship (and the Grand Final MVP trophy) while pregnant. In 1999/00, Trisha was named co-Most Valuable Player of the League alongside Lauren Jackson. Finally, in 2004 she was selected in the WNBL's 25th Anniversary Team. Like many of her contemporaries, Trisha also played for a number of seasons in Europe and in the WNBA. In 2003, she was part of a Ros Casares Valencia team that won the Spanish Cup and Super Cup double. As an integral member of the administration of the Sydney Uni Flames, Trisha Fallon continues to grace the sport for which she has been an outstanding ambassador.
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