‘Cul­ture of Cham­pi­ons’

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Wim­mera bas­ket­ball roy­alty will be feted at the un­veil­ing of a ‘Cul­ture of Cham­pi­ons’ mu­ral at Horsham Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium on Sun­day.

The mu­ral de­picts 14 Horsham Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion play­ers who have gone on to achieve na­tional and in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.

While the iden­ti­ties of the play­ers are be­ing kept un­der wraps un­til the un­veil­ing, as­so­ci­a­tion coach­ing leg­end Owen Hughan said the cri­te­ria for se­lec­tion was that each player had to have played in NBL or WNBL com­pe­ti­tion, or rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in­ter­na­tion­ally. All-abil­i­ties ath­letes are also in­cluded.

Mr Hughan said the mu­ral, which will be along the wall be­hind the sta­dium’s num­bertwo court, was a great way to recog­nise the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of top-class ath­letes from a small ru­ral area.

“Com­pared to the size of our pop­u­la­tion, we’ve done very well,” he said.

“When the sta­dium was built more than 30 years ago, I don’t think peo­ple had any idea of the size of what was go­ing to hap­pen.

“It’s also a cel­e­bra­tion of what we’ve done with the sta­dium it­self.

“A lot of peo­ple made out­stand­ing sac­ri­fices and did a lot of vol­un­tary work to get it to where it is.”

Mr Hughan said mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion had the idea for the mu­ral af­ter ob­serv­ing a sim­i­lar work in Bendigo’s bas­ket­ball sta­dium, and work had pro­gressed quickly on the con­cept.

“In Bendigo, rather than hav­ing blank walls in the cor­ri­dors, they have mu­rals play­ers,” he said.

“You see a sim­i­lar thing with a lot of NBA teams.

“We only de­cided we were go­ing to do it a cou­ple of months ago and ev­ery­thing has moved quite quickly.

“It can be ex­tended to add more play­ers as well, which is im­por­tant.”

Mr Hughan said the mu­ral made him proud to be in­volved with Wim­mera bas­ket­ball.

“It al­ways does give you pride,” he said. de­pict­ing

“You don’t nec­es­sar­ily think of the suc­cess at the time – you just go along, do your job and keep do­ing what you’re do­ing.”

The un­veil­ing of the mu­ral will be at 1pm at Horsham Bas­ket­ball Sta­dium and will be at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Bas­ket­ball Vic­to­ria, for­mer as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Kevin Del­lar and Mem­ber for Lowan Emma Kealy.

Peo­ple can email haba­com pe­ti­tion­man­[email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion.

BLANK CAN­VAS: Horsham Am­a­teur Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Owen Hughan stands in front of the Horsham Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion wall where a mu­ral de­pict­ing 14 of the Wim­mera’s most suc­cess­ful play­ers will be un­veiled on Sun­day. Pic­ture: PAUL CAR­RACHER

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