George Dancis OLY (dec)

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Hall of Fame Class: 2006

Role: Player

Known as ‘Big George’ in his playing days he was a pioneering player in Australian international basketball. In the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games he was a member of the first Australian team to ever compete in an Olympic basketball competition.

As a player, he was an unstoppable 200 centimetre giant of the game. He played an impressive 11 official games for Australia including the pre-Olympic tournament in Rome in 1960.


– Unstoppable 200cm ‘giant of the game’ in the early days.

– Pioneering player in Australian international basketball.

– Played 11 official games for Australia.

– Helped South Australia dominate the Australian Championships.

– Member of the first ever Australian basketball team in Olympic Competition in Melbourne – 1956 (12th place)

– Represented Australia at the Pre-Olympic Tournament in Rome – 1960.

– Inducted into the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame in 2006.

George Dancis
28 November 1932 – 20 April 2021