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
“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.