Ivor Burge MBE (dec)

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Hall of Fame Class: 2004

Role: Contributor

Widely recognised as one of the founding fathers of the sport of basketball in Australia, Ivor Burge is responsible for bringing the game to our shores in 1928 after returning from the birthplace of basketball, Springfield, Massachusetts (USA).

Among his many achievements Burge was one of four representatives that came together in 1939 in Melbourne with the main objective of establishing a body to control the sport of basketball in Australia – Basketball Australia.

In 1995 the Australian Championship for athletes with an Intellectual Disability was named in his honour.

Without his dedication to the sport, generations of Australia would not have had the opportunity to play basketball in Australia and this recognition is richly deserved.