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Belinda Snell Signs On

 

It is with great excitement Gippsland United would like to announce the appointment of our 2025 Youth League Womens Coach, Australian Basketball Royalty, Belinda Snell.

A local Mirboo North girl Belinda has been to the peak of basketball, representing and captaining Australia she has won two silver medals in basketball at the 2004 & 2008 Summer Olympics, a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a gold medal at the 2006 World Championships, and a bronze medal at the 2014 World Championships.

Belinda started playing basketball at the age of eight in Mirboo North playing many tournaments with the Mirboo North Ridge Raiders, many domestic games at Churchill on a Friday night, followed by travelling to Knox to play state league junior basketball and some experiences playing with the Gippsland Pacers women’s team.

Over her career Belinda has amassed a number of accolades in the WNBA, WNBL and in Europe highlighted below:
– WNBA Champion (2007)
– WNBL Champion (1999, 2001 and 2017)
– EuroLeague Champion (2011)
– Spanish LFB Champion (2010 and 2011)
– French LFB Champion (2008)
– PLKK (Poland) Champion (2013)
– 4 x WNBL All Star Five (2001, 2004, 2005 and 2012)
– WNBL Top Shooter Award (2005)

On top of this, Belinda currently sits 4th All Time in WNBL career points (4770) , 4th All Time in WNBL Career Assists (1109), 11th All Time in WNBL Career Rebounds (1995) and 16th All Time in WNBL Games Played (323).

Post her playing career, Belinda has coached at SEABL level with the Sydney Uni Sparks, and at NBL1 Level with Frankston, as well as being an Assistant Coach with the Southside Flyers for three years including their 2020 Championship season.

Returning to Gippsland basketball, we cannot wait for Belinda to help pave the way for aspiring Gippsland Athletes that look to progress from VJBL Basketball into Big V level basketball and help the next wave of female athletes realise their basketball dreams.

On behalf of all of the Gippsland United family, we would like to welcome Belinda and her family to GU, we couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds.

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Applications Now Open – 2025 Youth League Women’s Head Coach

 

Gippsland United are taking Expressions of Interest’s for a Head Coach to develop and lead a new and exciting Women’s Youth League Team for the 2025 Big V Season.

Coaches looking to apply for the role must submit an application with their basketball resume outlining the following:
~Coaching Experience.
~Coaching Philosophies.
~Coaching Aspirations.
~Coaching References.

Key skills we are looking for in a coach are:
~Experience coaching female athletes.
~Strong communication skills.
~Experience developing athletes.
~Organised and process driven.
~Working with Children’s Check
~Club Coaching Accreditation Level at a minimum.

State level coaching experience (within Basketball Vic or other State bodies) is highly desirable and any applicant with this level experience is encouraged to detail this experience in their application.

Coaches holding a Association Coach Accreditation are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Remuneration will be discussed and negotiated with the successful applicant.

Please note, only coaches who are identified as suitable to interview will receive correspondence from the club, and all applicants will be treated as confidential.

Email operations@gippslandunited.com.au for any enquiries or to submit your basketball resume and references.

Traralgon Bowls Club Join the GU Family!

 

Gippsland United and Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association have been able to secure an extremely valuable partnership with Traralgon Bowls Club, who boast one of the premier sporting and function venues in Gippsland.

The partnership will see the Traralgon Bowls Club become the ‘home’ of both GU and TABA, hosting all functions and being the venue of choice for all GU and TABA families for post game meals, and a place to catch up and celebrate success and future successes.

The bistro is open 7 days for lunch and dinner, with an exciting new spring menu featuring a big range to choose from and fantastic value.

With a range of function spaces to select from as well as mouth-watering event menus and all inclusive packages, host your next event with Traralgon Bowls Club.

To check out their menu, function rooms or other offerings visit https://www.traralgonbowls.com.au/ and make sure you support those who support us!

From Georgia to Gippsland United

 

BASKETBALL – BIG V – TOM HAYES (LATROBE VALEY EXPRESS)

BIG V side Gippsland United have signed professional basketballer Jalin Wimberly, a new import from the United States ahead of the upcoming 2024 season.

The 25-year-old moves to the region from Leesburg, Georgia in the US, after completing his college basketball career.

Wimberly played at Andrew College (Junior College), Purdue University Fort Wayne – an NCAA Division 1 school, and Reinhardt University in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

“Everything has been pretty good so far, I can’t really complain about my basketballing experience,” he said.

“I’m blessed to be in this position, so nothing has been too hard on me just yet, but if it does, I’m capable of handling adversity.”

Despite growing up on the other side of the world, life in Gippsland is not all too different compared to Leesburg, Georgia, according to the import.

“I feel great, scenery is nice, I love the atmosphere, everybody is very welcoming of me so I love it,” he said.

After being asked if living in Gippsland will take some transitioning, Wimberly laughed.

“It’s actually pretty similar, so I’ve had the chance to adapt to it.

“It looks just like my hometown, nothing’s changed.”

Wimberly only arrived in Australia on January 9, and already has the ball rolling, going on a training camp and mingling with his new teammates in the last couple of weeks.

Having no prior knowledge of the Big V competition until his arrival, he remains confident he will be able to handle the task with Gippsland United.

“I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but I’m very confident that I can handle the competition very well,” Wimberly said.

With the ability to play as a shooting guard and a small forward, Wimberly offers versatility on both the front and backcourt which is every coach’s dream.

He believes his strengths lie in both areas, with his ability to score on offense and trusting in his abilities on defence.

Standing at 6′ 4″ (193cm) tall, Wimberly’s athleticism only compliments both of those attributes, and he hopes to make an instant impact with United.

“Just being able to fit in with the guys, just get everybody open as well as find myself within this team,” he said.

It’s fair to say that basketball in Australia, especially in regional Victoria, isn’t as big as it is in the US, but Wimberly sees past that and says that everyone around the world is playing the same game.

“I don’t expect too much, basketball is basketball everywhere else,” he said.

“I’m just ready to see what the fans (are) like, I’m gonna try to bring a special thing to the team here.”

The Big V competition gets underway on the weekend of March 16 and 17, and the full fixture is set to be released in due course.

Gippsland Physiotherapy Group recommit to Gippsland United Basketball

 

Gippsland United is extremely excited to be announcing the recommitment of Gippsland Physiotherapy Group as our Official Naming Rights Parter.

Having been apart of the GU family since the beginning, Gippsland Physiotherapy Group have become synonymous with Gippsland United and Gippsland Basketball.

Gippsland Physiotherapy Group have said on the partnership “Our partnership with Gippsland United Basketball Team goes beyond the court. Its about investing in the health and future of our community , encouraging active lifestyles and supporting dreams of local athletes. We are excited to see what the future holds and we are committed to being part of the journey every step of the way.”

With the VJBL Season already started and Big V Pre Season around the corner, the Gippsland Physiotherapy Group Gippsland United is already underway to lead Gippsland Basketball into 2024!

Gippsland United Enters the Big V Youth League

 

Late last month, Gippsland United were accepted by Basketball Victoria to enter its first ever Big V Youth league team.

After a intensive tryout phase, new Head Coach Jayden McMillin was able to select a squad of 14 active players, 2 Youth Development players and 3 training players.

With the team finalised and preparations underway its an exciting time for GU, and hopefully a move that helps the club introduce a Youth League Women’s side in 2025.

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GU WELCOME INTERIM GM OF BASKETBALL OPS

 

Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association and Gippsland United would like to welcome new Interim General Manager of Basketball Operations Grant Little.

Grant brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the role which will oversee both TABA and GU operations in helping build future sustainability.

With key focus of the role is to strengthen engagement with other local associations and Grant steps into the interim role as a respected member of the Gippsland basketball community and will allow his relationships to take association engagement to the next level.

We look forward to Grant joining us as we evolve the new Gippsland United operating framework moving forward.

Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association Statement

 

GIPPSLAND UNITED’S BASKETBALL FUTURE SECURED

 

As the excitement of another successful season for Gippsland United’s representative teams draws to a close, work off the court has been continuing to ensure that this success is built on and the program continues to be sustainable well into the future.


Stand-alone ‘Elite Pathways’ can struggle at times to maintain operations and finances, so following an in-depth review of the player pathway in Gippsland (in 2021), a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) was developed between the Combined Gippsland Basketball Association (CGBA) and Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association (TABA). The CGBA was competing as Latrobe Energy, and had recently withdrawn from the senior ‘Big V’ State League, leaving Gippsland as the only region in Victoria that did not have an elite senior team pathway.


Basketball Victoria, in conjunction with the Latrobe Valley Authority, developed a project in 2020 to thoroughly review basketball pathways in Gippsland and establish the JVA. This review was undertaken by GippSport and included exhaustive consultation and stakeholder engagement. Several recommendations were developed, and an implementation plan was put in place to return a senior pathway to Gippsland.


The JVA saw the creation of ‘Gippsland United’, which now operates junior teams in the Victorian Junior Basketball League (VJBL) and a Senior Men’s and Women’s team in ‘Big V’. The Joint Venture had an immediate impact on the court, with a Men’s Division 2 Championship in 2022 and a promotion to Division 1 for 2023, and the Women won the Division 2 Championship this year and a promotion to Big V Division 1 for 2024.


As the program grows with on court success, the same is needed off the court to ensure sustainability, future growth, and the ability to take advantage of opportunities and partnerships with local Gippsland associations.


When developing the JVA, future options and opportunities were planned for and considered. Therefore, to ensure the program remains strong, and has the capacity to develop, it has been agreed that the governance and the operations of Gippsland United will be transferred to the Traralgon Amateur Basketball Association (TABA). This will see TABA lead and solely operate the junior and senior representative teams’ pathway into Basketball Victoria’s State League competitions.


Basketball Victoria’s General Manager, Member and Community Services – David Huxtable, is appreciative of the hard work done so far and is optimistic for greater pathway success in the Gippsland region.


“It is important to recognise all who have been involved in developing Gippsland United to where it is, and the opportunities provided for local basketballers to have a secure, elite pathway.”
“Through this project, it was clear that people wanted a visible, local pathway to be available, so we need to make sure that this can be delivered on now and into the future. TABA has a strong history of delivering outcomes, it is great to see them ensure Gippsland United offers athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and administrators from anywhere in Gippsland the opportunity to go further.”


Huxtable continued to praise the early success of the pathways, acknowledged the full community effort to raise the bar, but knows there needs to be future collaboration to cement the strength of the program.
“We thank the many people involved in delivering the program so far, from coaches to Committees/Boards, sponsors and partners, parents, family, friends, administrators, volunteers and the community in general.


The association-based model of delivering an elite pathway has continuously been demonstrated as the most successful way to making those pathways sustainable, no matter what the sport. We encourage all associations in Gippsland to appreciate the history, look to the future and be involved as best they can.”


Planning for 2024 has already commenced.

McKenzie and Rooff Re-Sign for 24

 

On the back of extremely strong 2023 Big V campaigns, Gippsland United have recommitted to both Scott McKenzie and Brad Rooff for the 2024 Big V seasons.

McKenzie, who led United to the 2022 Division 2 Mens Championship, took the club to the Division 1 finals and after finishing 3rd on the ladder bowed out to a strong Pakenham side.

With experience at CBL, VJBL, BVCC and Big V Championship level, Scott adds a wealth of knowledge to Gippsland United and the club is extremely excited to see what 2024 looks like with him at the healm.

Brad came to United at the start of 2023 and made an immediate impact on the group, leading them to a Division 2 Championship title, only losing one game in the Home and Away season, and one game in the Semi Final best of 3 series.

Having coached at McKinnon and Casey in various roles, Brad shone brightly in season 1 with GU winning the Division 2 Women’s Coach of the Year Award.

Like Scott, the club is extremely excited to see what 2024 hold for Brad and the United Women.

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