Four-time Olympian and Frankston Basketball junior David Andersen was awarded the Allan Hughes Medal, for Male Basketballer of the Year.
Basketball Victoria’s Annual Awards Dinner for outstanding achievements in basketball for 2016 was successfully hosted on Monday 8 May 2017.
Four-time Olympian and Frankston Basketball junior David Andersen was awarded the Allan Hughes Medal, for Male Basketballer of the Year, for his role in captaining the 2016 Boomers campaign in Rio. David was also recognised for his return to the National Basketball League (NBL) with Melbourne United.
Andersen, joined by fellow Frankston Basketball junior Ryan Broekhoff and their Boomers teammates fell agonisingly short in winning a bronze medal game going down to European powerhouse Spain in the dying seconds of the match.
Andersen, now in the NBL off season is playing in France for ASVEL Lyon- Villeurbanne and continues his career on the international stage.
Other athletes recognised on the evening include Penny Taylor who received the Betty Taylor award for a remarkable fourth time. Paralympian Josh Allison receiving the Charles Ryan Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year. Ezi Magbegor and Paul Tsapatolis earned their respective Female and Male Junior Player of the Year awards. Frankston Basketball congratulates all award winners in their contribution to the sport in 2016.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey congratulated all the nominees and award winners for creating a thriving environment on and off the court within the Victorian basketball community.
“2016 was a phenomenal year in Victoria and for Victorians in all aspects of the basketball world,” Honey said. “Victorian teams excelled at national championships, our associations have shone on the home front through strong administration, and our community continues to thrive thanks to the amazing work put in by our players, coaches, referees, volunteers and basketball families across the state.
“From evergreen legends like Penny Taylor and David Andersen through to our next generation in Ezi Magbegor and Paul Tsapatolis, Victorian players have showed they are world-calibre and ready to take on the best in Australia and beyond, and we’re proud to honour their efforts on this occasion. “