One of Australian basketball’s indigenous basketball pioneers, Timmy Duggan, will be a keynote presenter at the 2018 Basketball Australia Coaches Conference to be held May 7 and 8 at the Australian Institute of Sport.
The first indigenous player from the Northern Territory to play in the National Basketball League, Duggan played with the Gold Coast Rollers and Cairns Taipans before carving out a successful career in both the SEABL and QBL.
A leading advocate for indigenous health and welfare, Duggan is the founder of the Hoops4Health program. Throughout the last two decades, has worked tirelessly to use basketball as a vehicle to inspire indigenous youth and impact the community.
A former Basketball Northern Territory Director of Coaching, Duggan has worked extensively with junior players in Darwin and surrounds and continues to play a key role in mentoring young indigenous athletes from around the country.
He will present a keynote entitled “Leading and Dreaming in the Spirit of the Game”, focusing on engaging and developing indigenous athletes and coaches.
Basketball Australia Head of High Performance Coach Development Peter Lonergan said the addition of Duggan to the list of presenters at the conference provided an important opportunity.
“Timmy is respected nationally for his ongoing commitment to the community and his work in promoting healthy, positive lifestyle choices through basketball,” Lonergan said.
“As a player, Timmy had the ability to make others better with his point guard play and he has brought those skills into his coaching and leadership work post career. We are excited to have him join Kerry Rupp and Patrick Hunt as our keynote presenters for the Conference.”