Congratulations to Phil Thomas and Nick Haywood who have been awarded Life Membership of the North West Thunder Basketball Club.
Phil has been an outstanding coach of North West Tasmania Thunder Basketball in the SEABL program, (and in its’ predecessor leagues the CBA and ABA), joining a very elite few to have reached the outstanding coaching total of 400 games in 2016.
Phil was recognised for this significant achievement at the SEABL League Finals in Melbourne in September 2016.
He is reco…gnised within this state and nationally as an outstanding coach. Phil’s involvement commenced in 1994 and he has now coached for a total of 15 seasons at the national level, a task requiring tremendous dedication, application, enthusiasm and boundless energy. He also coached the Tasmanian North West Women’s SEABL team for 22 games in 2005.
During his coaching tenure, Phil was named 1996 Southern Conference Coach of the Year, taking the North West Boags Originals to a Conference and National Championship in that same season. Phil is a great promotor of the Thunder organisation and basketball in general. He has been far more than just a coach for our organisation. He has been an integral part of our club in many other ways.
Nick has been an outstanding servant of North West Tasmania Thunder Basketball and has now notched an amazing record of 387 games over 16 years. Nick made his debut as a 17 year old way back in 1998 in the then CBA league and has been an incredibly consistent and talented player right up to the end of the just completed 2016 season. His longevity and endurance has been a highlight of a wonderful career and his ability to play at such a high level across three decades is testament to his dedication, commitment and preparation.
Nick has been far more than just a player for the organisation. He has been an inspirational on and off-court leader, often in the role of Team Captain. He is an excellent motivator who has led by example, mentoring many of our junior players and assisting them in making a very smooth transition into SEABL ranks. Nick leads by example and sets very high personal standards; his professionalism, application and class have made him the perfect role model for a host of Thunder players during the course of his career.