SLAM DUNK: Basketball award for Colac Herald

Colac Herald sports editor Ben Martin accepted the Colac Herald’s state award for basketball coverage from Basketball Victoria Country.

Colac Herald sports editor Ben Martin accepted the Colac Herald’s state award for basketball coverage from Basketball Victoria Country.

The stories and photos of Colac district basketballers have helped the Colac Herald land a state basketball media award.

Basketball Victoria Country has recognised the newspaper for its contribution to basketball coverage in 2015.

The Herald received the award at BVC’s annual awards ceremony at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday.

Colac Herald sports editor Ben Martin said the award nomination would not have been possible without the support of the Colac district sports community.

He also thanked Colac basketball official Lee Barrow who contributed photos of the Colac Kookas’ Country Basketball League teams to the Herald’s coverage.

“Basketball has continued to grow in Colac in recent years which has led to our improved coverage, so I want to thank everyone who has played a part in that,” he said.

“The people behind basketball in the district – the players, officials and volunteers – are the ones with the stories to tell and without their help we wouldn’t be in this position, so we’d like to thank them as well.”

The Herald won the same award, named after renowned basketball reporter Bill McCarthy, in 2012.

The Colac Herald’s extensive basketball coverage in 2015 included the Kookas’ men’s team’s breakthrough CBL championship in February, as well as the introduction of Colac’s first senior women’s team in 20 years in August.

The Colac Basketball Association attracted record junior numbers this season, despite still being without a home stadium due to stalled development at Colac’s Bluewater Fitness Centre, with more than 100 players representing 14 junior teams in 2015-16.

The Herald also covered starring individual efforts, including American college updates on Colac’s Nathan Lemke and Jordan Lingard, Rhys Lemke’s under-16 state selection, and Tamzyn Harty’s selection in BVC’s under-12 jamboree.

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