President's Update

 

President’s Welcome 2021 Autumn Season

Welcome to the new Autumn season of 2021! My name is Paul McMahon and I became the new President of the Sandy Saints Basketball Club (SSBC) in pre COVID 2020. As I approach my first twelve months in the role, I want to publicly thank your committee for holding the club in such good stead, despite the challenges and obstacles thrown our way. The SSBC prides itself on being a community centred organisation, whose volunteer committee work for the best outcomes possible for their children and their love of basketball. Since 1979, the SSBC has provided basketball for local families. I could not imagine that the club has ever experienced such challenging circumstances in the forty two year history of the club as it has in the past twelve months. 

It feels great to get our kids back playing basketball again. I’m looking forward to seeing the SSBC players, families and fans back in the stadiums. We have more than forty teams registered for the new Autumn season. I enjoy watching my own three teenagers play, both in domestic competition, and additionally my daughter in the orange colours of Sabres. I continue to ask for your patience as the Southern Basketball Association (SBA) and the SSBC work through COVID restrictions, especially around training venues indoors at local schools. The immediate future will only see outdoor training at Sacred Heart Primary School. Team Managers and Coaches should contact our training coordinator Kylie Shugg at youthgirls@sandysaints.com.au for inquiries about times and dates at Sacred Heart once school starts..

Please check out our club info at 

https://websites.sportstg.com/get_file.cgi?id=36771141 

Parents should contact their child’s Team Manager for up to date club information.

As we enter into 2021, there are a few committee roles vacant that need volunteers to fill them asap. There have also been some changes to the committee during COVID. Updates include:

  • The SSBC Secretary role is vacant and needs to be filled. We publicly thank Carolyn Tuohey for her many years of service to the club. Carolyn has worn many hats on committee and worked tirelessly to improve our club structures and processes. Sheri Haby (Uniforms and Merchandise) is currently acting in the secretary role until it is filled. Thank you Sheri.

  • We welcome Damien Durston to the role of Vice President of SSBC and also thank another long serving committee member, Matt Astill who is stepping down from the committee. Matt has also served the club faithfully for years and has been a wonderful servant to SS families and support for me in my first year on the job. 

  • The new committee role of Team Manager Coordinator is vacant. This role has been created to accommodate the growing communication and compliance needs that surround our Team Managers and Coaches in the club. This liaison role will hopefully streamline communication between the 40 plus Team Managers, 40 plus coaches and the day to day working of the SSBC.

  • Helen Monaghan is stepping down as our Junior Registrar and we thank Helen for her expertise and diligence in the role. Helen is looking for a replacement asap. 

  • Viola Madziala joined the club as Youth Boys registrar in 2020. Welcome Viola.

  • Kylie Shugg changed roles and moved into the Youth Girls registrar role and training coordinator.

  • The club advertised for a new Treasurer role in late 2020 as Tim Hilton stepped down from the committee. We thank Tim for his financial leadership over many years and for being instrumental in keeping SSBC in a solid financial position. The club did not receive any volunteers to replace Tim so we had to outsource our accounting needs at a cost to the club. We welcome and thank Jenny Moutt for stepping into the role of club accountant. Jenny reports to the Vice President’s role and is a non committee member. 

 Other committee roles can be found under the contacts drop down on our website. For more information and role descriptions on the vacant committee positions, please reach out to me on 04 4819 8800 or at president@sandysaints.comn.au Without volunteers, our club ceases to exist. Please consider how you can help. The club always welcomes general committee members who have no set role and who want to help out on their own time frame. We don’t have any of these at present because of the vacancies that exist.

Go Saints!

Paul McMahon

President 

Sandy Saints Basketball Club.

 

 

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