Basketball Australia has engaged Paul Vandenbergh as our Indigenous Lead to create better opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be involved in basketball at all levels.
Paul has a passion for sport, particularly basketball having played at the elite level in the NBL for the Canberra Cannons and prior to that as a member of the Melbourne Tigers development squad.
Hailing from the Far West Coast of South Australia, Paul is part of the Wirangu and Kokatha people, he is a proud ambassador for improving long-term health and well-being outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He is widely respected for his leadership in working with Indigenous youth to ensure they reach their maximum potential both on and off the court.
Basketball Australia CEO Matt Scriven is delighted to welcome Paul onto the team.
“Paul has a wealth of experience that is invaluable to our sport, he is a passionate advocate for creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth through education initiatives. We are committed as a business to making every aspect of our pathways inclusive and accessible to everyone.
Paul has been working as an advisor to BA on the Reconciliation Action Plan and he is keen to deliver outcomes on the opportunities that have been identified. Paul will work closely with Lauren Jackson AO, OLY the Head of Women in Basketball to deliver a new platform that will enable all women and girls to achieve success.
Paul is excited to join the team and continue his long association with basketball.
“Seeing firsthand how sport can change the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is what drives me every day. Sports can provide so many opportunities to develop leadership skills that are so important for our families and communities to thrive and grow. My role at BA will be to work across all aspects of the business to provide cultural training and awareness and identify opportunities to increase diverse representation.”
Paul has commenced his new role and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.