CEO of Canterbury Basketball, Paul Duggan, accepted this award on behalf of the Canterbury Basketball Association. The Association started the year with the highest participation numbers ever for a Burger King 3×3 Quest Tour event. They hosted the AA Secondary Schools Premiership Zone 4 Girls events (Qualifier & Non-Qualifier) and the U13 Southern Regional Championship (Mainland & Southern Zones). In addition, they hosted the China U19 team who played our Junior Tall Ferns.
The Association showed remarkable leadership in the women’s game, developing a professional structure and commercial strategy to support their WBC team, the Alloyfold Wildcats. They have demonstrated innovation in developing and supporting a club-based approach to the sport in their region, and have the highest participation numbers in secondary school age groups in both male and female players with a 12.1% growth rate. Their female to male ratio is outstanding and shows a real commitment to women in basketball. To make their achievements even more impressive, they’ve done this while overcoming the adversity of the 2011 earthquake which saw a distinct lack of facilities in the region.