Former Flames star remembered
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.
Anthony and Kelly Exeter with children Jaden and Mia.