I have been part of the Collingwood All Stars family since 2012 when my son first started playing Mini ball. The real strength of the Collingwood All Stars Basketball Club is that it is inner city Club providing more than just a sporting pathway for a diverse range of kids. I look forward to serving on a Committee full of people that are clearly committed to developing the Club and creating opportunities for all of its members.
I first became involved with the Collingwood Basketball Association in 2010 when my eldest child Frances began Biddy Ball. All three of my children (the others being Milly and Josh) now play for the All Stars. I have coached many domestic and rep teams over the years, and sat on various Club Sub-Committees. I’m deeply passionate about our Club and the many great things it stands for. In particular, I’m committed to ensuring we continue to build upon the strong sense of community and inclusiveness that makes our Club the envy of sporting clubs throughout Melbourne.
Having dabbled in sport in my youth, my love of basketball is strong. I’ve two girls who have come up through the Aussie Hoops and mini-ball ranks and are currently playing domestic. Professionally my career is in federal government and I’ve skills in change management, communication, governance, and project management. I joined the committee at the beginning of 2020, which is a year none of us will forget. Working as part of a dedicated and professional committee of management steering the club through the pandemic has been an honour. This, coupled with the acquisition of the beautiful new club stadium we call home, marks an exciting time to be part of the next club’s next chapter. It is the game that brings us together but the community that binds us.
I have been involved with the Collingwood Basketball Association for 4 years with my oldest child progressing from All Star Hoops to Domestic competition and my youngest just starting Aussie Hoops. My kids love their basketball and as we live in Collingwood we understand the great part of our community that the CBA is. My professional background is in Finance and for the last 15 years in Community Health. I’m a strong believer in kids being active in sports for both physical health and social development reasons and love the CBA for providing an excellent environment for kids to participate in a great community sport, which I hope to be able to contribute to.
I have been involved with the Collingwood Basketball Association for seven years through my son Jakub, who know plays in the 18.1 rep team. I have coached and been assistant coach of rep teams and worked closely with other coaches during this time. By day I am a lawyer – it this through this work and my knowledge of managing organisations and managing risk, that I hope to contribute to the Club as it goes through the massive transition that the stadium project is sure to bring. My key areas of interest are strengthening our community connection, assisting our coaches and making the Collingwood All Stars experience the best it can be for our kids.
Richard HenleyGeneral Committee
I have been involved in the club since 2010, and have twin boys in domestic and representative teams during this time. The benefit of sport, and team sports in particular is undeniable – however the welcoming and inclusive feeling that is pervasive throughout Collingwood is an added dimension to this. I have always been impressed with what the club manages to deliver and achieve with limited resources and compromised facilities. The future is very bright for the Collingwood and I hope to be able to help assist deliver it during my time on the Committee.
Georgia JohnsonGeneral Committee
My family and I have been involved with the Collingwood Basketball Club since 2010, firstly with my son who played Domestic, Rep. and Big V Basketball and now with my daughter who is currently playing Domestic and Rep. Basketball. What has drawn me to the club is the energy, passion, compassion and dedication of the staff, committee, coaches, players and parents of this club. I feel so fortunate to be part of this dynamic and diverse inner-city club. The club and all that are involved have given my children a sense of community and pride to be part of this club. They have learnt so much at the All Stars – team work, work ethic, respect, humility, and how to cheer on a Collingwood Basketball team (loudly), all of this whilst making great friendships and enjoying their basketball. I look forward to my time working on the committee, and hope that I can help the club continue to be great to so many in the future.
Simon JudkinsGeneral Committee
Simon is an Emergency Physician, lives in North Fitzroy and father of 3 boys, all of whom have played through years of domestic and rep competitions with the All-Stars. At the peak of his kids participation in Collingwood and school basketball, he and his wife, Lisa, would be coordinating up to 9 games in a 24 hour period. So, his ( well, Lisa’s) organising skills are exemplary! He has a strong interest in seeing the club embrace greater community involvement, being an organisation which develops its players in leadership, community-awareness and sense of belonging. His basketball skills, however, are said to be “average at best…”
David FletcherGeneral Committee
My partner Sarah and I are lifetime basketball players. We both began playing primary school basketball at Bulleen and I continue to play at Bulleen now. Sarah is a former committee member who looked after the clubs uniforms and merchandise, some of you may have been in our house picking up team uniforms! Sarah and I first took our son Harry to Collingwood fourteen years ago, because our neighbours father was one of the clubs founding members. Its one of the best decisions we’ve made. The club is as inclusive of any club I’ve been a part of. Harry continues to play senior domestic at the club and is in his fourth year as a Rep coach and our daughter Ruby plays in the womens youth league side. I’ve coached for close to ten years in domestic, Rep and Big Mens and was previously a committee member and looked after both the Rep and Big V programs. I am a silent partner in a basketball training business, one of the very few in Melbourne that runs it’s own facility. My approach to our club and it’s coaching is to strongly support good mental health and to help develop young people to be confident adults.
Howard LouisGeneral Committee
I have been involved with Collingwood All Stars as a manager, coach & supporter of teams that my son, Sam has played with since 2014. The management & the committees of the past have done an amazing job. Collingwood All-Stars is a diverse, unique, thriving, crucial basketball community & I am excited at the prospect of being involved at the committee level. The stadium will be a home to the excitement of the future. In the working week, I am the State Championships Officer at School Sport Victoria in the Department of Education & Training, where I have had 20+ years involvement in a range of roles including responsibility for the SSV Team Vic State Basketball Under 18 & Under 12 Boys & Girls teams for over a decade, organising the School Sport Australia National Basketball Championships & as the General Manager of the Team Vic Basketball teams at the Pacific School Games. I hope to be able to help the club during my time on the Committee.
Annette SparksGeneral Committee
I have been involved with Collingwood All Stars for the past 12 years when my son first started miniball. I have a son and daughter who are both playing Domestic and Representative basketball with the club. We are a family who loves sport and I am passionate about both my children continuing as long as they can with the club. I also have a keen interest in attracting and retaining young women to the club and it being the club of choice for all young people. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this committee and to the wider Collingwood Basketball family.