Meet the Presenters # 1

MEET THE PRESENTERS # 1 | The 2017 Basketball Managers Convention and Trade Show has a stellar line up of presenters full of a wealth of knowledge in their fields. We meet five of them today.


Bill Mildenhall

Referee Development Officer - Basketball Victoria

Bill Mildenhall was a dogged back pocket who played 77 games for St Kilda from 1974-1982. His best years were in 1976 and 1977, when he played 40 out of a possible 44 games for the club, as a reliable defender.
However, he is better known as the most capped and decorated basketball referee Australia has ever had.


Billy began refereeing in 1969, and received FIBA (international ranking) Badge in 1979. He started refereeing in 1979, the first year of the NBL. Bill officiated in a total of 945 NBL games, and has also been to 8 World Championships; five as a referee, and 3 three as a Referee Commissioner. Bill is now is currently a member of the prestigious FIBA Technical Commission, which has meant attending another two World Championships, the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics as the referee supervisor.


He also worked for Basketball Australia as the National Referees Director, for 16 years, prior to taking on the role of Referee Development Officer for Basketball Victoria in 2007.


Catch Bill on Day Two (Session 8) hosting a forum on “How to Recruit, Train and Retain Referees”.


David Owies

Basketball Network Development Office – Basketball Victoria

David previously worked as an academic at Victoria College in Exercise Science/Human Movement. With the advent of computers and the Internet in the ‘90s, David was immersed in the use of technologies to enhance teaching and learning spending a number of years managing a multimedia development group at Deakin University, before moving to Basketball Victoria to support association administrators in The Basketball Network. With his passion for sport and background in computer technology and its application to learning David, is well placed to match technologies to the real world situations faced by our sport.


Catch David on Day One (Session 2) presenting “Fox Sports Pulse – How to Best Connect with your Members”.


Jarrod Potter

Communications Coordinator – Basketball Victoria

Jarrod is Basketball Victoria’s Communications Coordinator, having joined the organisation in July 2016. Previously, Jarrod was a Sports Journalist and Photographer at Star News Group – a local newspaper group in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs specialising in local news and sports coverage. In that role over five-and-a-half years, Jarrod worked on seven weekly newspapers – including the Pakenham Berwick Gazette and Dandenong Journal – as well as regularly contributing to the other 18 papers within the organisation.


He is a multiple award winner for both written and photographic work - including five Basketball Victoria media accolades and two BIG V Basketball media awards and was part of the award-winning sports department to win the 2014 AFL Victoria Best Newspaper Coverage (non-daily) award. He was also recognised for his work by Cricket Victoria, Cycling Victoria, Football Federation Victoria and received many nominations and highly commended honours from Community Newspapers of Australia (CNA) and the Victorian Country Press Association (VCPA).


Jarrod currently oversees Basketball Victoria’s communications department, which coordinates publication on websites and social media channels for Basketball Victoria, Basketball Victoria Country and the Melb Utd. Victorian Junior Basketball League.


Catch Jarrod on Day One (Session 3) presenting “Best Use & Shortcuts to use Electronic/ Print Media”.


Karen Pearce

Manager Strategic Operations – Basketball Victoria



Karen is the Manager Strategic Operations, primarily responsible for Basketball Victoria's Inclusion department and programs including Wheelchair Basketball, and a range of programs for people with Disability, and those from Aboriginal and Multicultural communities. Karen models inclusive values and is committed to creating social harmony and wellbeing regularly advocating the inclusion philosophy to ensure that everybody has a fundamental right to involvement within the Basketball community.


Karen is also a member of Sport Inclusion Victoria's Advisory Group, assisting people with integration difficulties and primarily those with an intellectual disability to participate in sport and recreational opportunities.


Recently Karen has been part of an initiative program funded by VicHealth called Walking Basketball, which aims to increase physical activity among the community through participating in a slow, low impact version of basketball. Walking Basketball has been reached by over 600,000 people across the world, reaching out to countries including India, England, Spain, and many more.


Catch Karen on Day Two (Session 7) hosting a forum on “How to Engage with Our Minority Communities”.


Nick Honey

CEO Basketball Victoria

Nick Honey has been involved in sports management since 2002 including CEO of Athletics Victoria for 10 years and prior to that was a sports business consultant.


Nick has now been CEO of Basketball Victoria since 2013, employs 42 staff, he reports to an 8-member board of directors and has overall responsibility of all facets of the organisation.


Catch Nick on Day One in the Welcome Address.



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