Fleming appointed president
LAST season’s Bundaberg Bulls assistant coach Mat Fleming will switch roles to become president of Bundaberg Basketball, after it was announced at the annual meeting on Thursday night.
Fleming replaced Brian Bailey in a role he had been filling in a caretaker capacity for the past 18 months.
The appointment means Fleming will relinquish his coaching role with the Bulls and will focus instead on improving the already high-class Century 21 Stadium.
Attention will also fall on creating unity between the many dimensions of Bundaberg basketball.
“I want to make sure we are all working together, moving in the same direction to improve basketball for the good of the game, not for the good of certain people,” Fleming said.
“I’m looking forward to the role and can’t wait to have a crack.”
Fleming’s name is synonymous with Bundaberg sport, whether it is basketball, rugby league, AFL, or cricket.
He was vice-president of Across The Waves AFL Club in 2007 and 2008 and is captain of the Combined Country Wests division one cricket team.
Fleming hopes his approachable nature will lead to a smooth-running operation at the Century 21 courts this season.
“Hopefully people will see the changes and decide they want to pitch in and help as well,” he said.
The new president was optimistic about the season ahead, and took the opportunity to appeal for local support and participation for the new season.
“We’ve got one of the best facilities in Queensland. Fans can get close to the game, sit in comfortable seats and it’s out of the weather,” he said.
“Opposition (Queensland Basketball League) sides always say they like coming here to play. It’s the perfect place to start up yourself, or at least support our Bulls and Bears teams.”