Jan Egan awarded for service to basketball

Jan Egan was presented with a Ripon Volunteer Award by Member for Ripon Louise Staley last week. The award recognised Eganʼs commitment to the Maryborough Basketball
Association over the past 50 years.

Maryborough Basketball Association stalwart Jan Egan has been honoured for her contributions to the association over the past 50 years.

Egan has been a dedicated member of the basketball association since joining as a player in 1968, and was awarded a Ripon Volunteer Award for her efforts last week.

Currently the match committee chairperson, Egan has held a number of roles throughout her time at the club, including committee member, administrator, coach and scorer.

Egan said the award came as a surprise and that she was “honoured” to receive it.

“It’s great, you don’t do things expecting accolades but it’s very nice when people do acknowledge you,” she said.

Among her many achievements, Egan was the first person to coach NBA star Matthew Dellavedova, which she remembers as a highlight of her time at the association.

“My main highlight is that I was Matthew’s first coach. He’s gone on to bigger and better things now, not that I think it’s got much to do with me, but I was there,” Egan said.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley presented Egan with the award last Thursday at the Maryborough Sports and Leisure Centre and praised Egan for her commitment to the association.

“There is no way that basketball in Maryborough would be in the healthy state it is if not for Jan,” she said.

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