As the Yarrawonga Mulwala basketball Association (YMBA) continues to grow so does the work load and the dependence of its core committee and volunteer base.
Such effort was recognised at a formal award ceremony at the recent Basketball Victoria Country Championships in Bendigo where YMBA President Amanda Wheaton received the 2017 VBC Female Volunteer of the Year Award named after Bev Bauer.
Amanda was recognised for her role as not only president of the association but the continual administration and online registration work she does for the association along with refereeing, coaching domestic and representative sides and also coordinating the popular Aussie Hoops program.
The 2017 year was successful for the YMBA representative program, with Amanda filling an important role in ensuring that there is a pathway for local basketballers in Yarrawonga.
In fact it was only six years ago that YMBA had just one representative team, this year the growing association boasted 13 teams.
Although thrilled with the honour of receiving this award Amanda was quick to use the opportunity to highlight the desperate need for a community’s multisport complex to host the associations’ 392 players each week.
“Although I am grateful for this acknowledgment there is still a lot of work to be done,” she said.
Amanda said she is passionate about making sure the association is putting pressure on local and state government authorities to quickly acknowledge the need for suitable facilities for basketball and other indoor sports in a growing centre such as Yarrawonga Mulwala.
A key figure in a plan to increase the number of courts, Amanda is keen to fast track the feasibility study that was initiated recently following a Community Sports and Infrastructure Funding grant totalling $30,000 from Sport and Recreation Victoria.
For an association which has grown exponentially from 178 players four years ago to almost 400 players now is the time for local and state governments’ to step up their efforts to build a multipurpose stadium in Yarrawonga.
Committee members are keen to demonstrate to the Victorian Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events John Eren that a multipurpose sports facility is well overdue and now sustainable in a community that is now being recognised by the government as a significant regional centre.
“We have 400 players and we still play out of an old, undersized single court at the P-12 school,” Amanda said.
“Our hands are tied in terms of what we can do, we can only hold so many games on one court and we are running late into the night for junior sport which is not ideal.”
The proposed multipurpose facility would also have the capacity to host other sports such as indoor netball, soccer, volleyball and badminton.