IT HAS been a long and sometimes difficult journey, but the Horsham Amateur Basketball Association will have a chance to reflect on its legacy when it celebrates 60 years on Saturday night.
The association will celebrate the milestone with a dinner at the Horsham Football Netball Club rooms from 6.30pm and is releasing a special book to commemorate the event.
The book contains pictures, stories and memories from the history of the association.
Horsham basketball legend Owen Hughan said the night would be a chance to relive Horsham’s basketball history.
“For 60 years, what the association has achieved is remarkable,” he said.
“Just to pay off the loan it took out on the stadium was a big achievement and with their results on the court, they punched well above their weight.”
Hughan said the association took out an initial $80,000 loan to help pay for the Horsham Basketball Stadium but ended up paying about $120,000 of the eventual $170,000 cost.
He said the cost would translate to millions of dollars in today’s terms.
Since then, the association has paid to upgrade the stadium and fought to keep council from taking control of it in the early 1990s.
But Hughan said the association’s greatest achievement was its players.
Numerous members of the association have represented Victoria and some have gone on to play for Australia.
Hughan said it would all be commemorated in the book, giving the association a piece of history to treasure forever.
“The book is something they can keep and in the future they can say ‘that was what happened’,” he said.
Guest speakers on the night will include former Horsham mayor Kevin Dellar, Dennis Wiley, Gary Bird, Terry Davis, Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty and Hughan.