For­mer Flames star re­mem­bered

Southern Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Josh Zim­mer­mann and Pierra Wil­lix

Ex- team­mates, fans and club of­fi­cials have taken to so­cial me­dia to re­mem­ber for­mer Rock­ing­ham Flames player An­thony Ex­eter af­ter the 41- year- old fa­ther- of- two died on Sun­day. The 2000 State Bas­ket­ball League MVP died shortly af­ter life sup­port was turned off fol­low­ing a freak traf­fic ac­ci­dent near Bus­sel­ton on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

For­mer Rock­ing­ham Flames player An­thony Ex­eter has died af­ter a freak ac­ci­dent on Bus­sell High­way on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The much- loved WA bas­ket­ball stal­wart was driv­ing near Lud­low with his wife and two chil­dren at 1.15pm on Fri­day when a canopy de­tached from a boat be­ing towed in front of them and slammed into the wind­screen of their car.

The 41- year- old was flown to Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal, where he re­mained in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion on life sup­port be­fore dying on Sun­day.

His wife and chil­dren were not hurt in the in­ci­dent.

Ex­eter was a mem­ber of the in­au­gu­ral Rock­ing­ham Flames State Bas­ket­ball League team and played more than 300 SBL games for the Flames and Perth Red­backs. In his de­but sea­son for the Flames in 1995, he was named rookie of the year and in 2000 was just the sec­ond Aus­tralian to win the SBL’s MVP award.

He turned down ad­vances from mul­ti­ple Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League clubs.

A state­ment re­leased by Ex­eter’s fam­ily on Mon­day said thanks to be­ing placed on life sup­port in the ICU at RPH, friends and fam­ily were able to “say good­bye to him on their own terms” and wife Kelly was able to “spend one last night with him”.

“An­thony’s defin­ing qual­i­ties were his ab­so­lute love of life and abil­ity to live in the mo­ment. He found a way to make any sit­u­a­tion fun — whether it was drinks at the pub with his friends or break­ing up a squab­ble be­tween his two chil­dren,” the state­ment read. “He adored his lit­tle fam­ily unit of Kelly, Jaden and Mia, and would do any­thing for them.

“The Ex­eter and Mout­tet fam­i­lies have been hum­bled by the out­pour­ing of grief, well wishes and sup­port from the WA Bas­ket­ball and Triathlon com­mu­ni­ties, along with those from An­thony’s for­mer stu­dents, teach­ing col­leagues and clients of Swish De­sign.”

Rock­ing­ham Flames pres­i­dent War­ren Bou­caut de­scribed Ex­eter as an “out­stand­ing young man” and the club said in a state­ment he was a “greatly re­spected and ad­mired player”.

In a heart- wrench­ing so­cial me­dia post, Ex­eter’s wife said be­ing a fa­ther was his “favourite thing in life”, and re­quested that in lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions be made to Kenyan chil­dren’s char­ity rafikimwema. com.

The driver of the ve­hi­cle who was tow­ing the boat is help­ing po­lice with their in­quiries.

Po­lice have called for in­for­ma­tion from any­one trav­el­ling on Bus­sell High­way on Fri­day af­ter­noon. Wit­nesses or any­one with dash cam vi­sion can call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or make an on­line re­port at crimestopp er­swa. com. au.

Pic­ture: Juliet Cogh­lan

An­thony and Kelly Ex­eter with chil­dren Jaden and Mia.

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