A Maryborough local has been honoured for his contributions to basketball, both locally and across Victoria, over the past 40 years.
Earlier this month, Noel Pollerd was made a Basketball Victoria life member after spending much of his life dedicated to the sport.
Pollerd was one of the first people in Maryborough to take up basketball in the 1960s, and has been involved with it ever since.
Among his many achievements, Pollerd was elected into the Maryborough Amateur Basketball Association (now the Maryborough Basketball Association) in 1967 and was the secretary for the Stadium Management Committee for the basketball stadium at the Maryborough Sports and Leisure centre for 10 years, where court one still bears his name.
He was sports administrator of the year in 1971/72, conducted accreditation courses for people throughout the Victorian Country Association, was a member of the Victorian Country Association, a life member of the Basketball Country Commission, and has received a Federal Government Australian Sports Medal.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey congratulated Pollerd on the achievement.
“Noel has been a fantastic contributor to Victorian basketball throughout his life and thoroughly deserves this recognition,” he said.
“For someone to contribute decades of hard work to Victorian country basketball is admirable. Maryborough Basketball Association and Basketball Victoria Country have been lucky to have his service.”
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