Basketball coach Brian Kerle leaves his own Commonwealth Games legacy through Get Out Get Active program
Women and girls are learning the basics of basketball and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle from one of Australia’s most successful National Basketball League (NBL) coaches.
Brian Kerle, who coached 456 NBL games over 13 seasons and was twice named the NBL’s Coach of the Year, is sharing his passion for the sport with women and girls by running free sessions in parts of southeast Queensland.
Through the Embracing 2018 Legacy Program for GC2018, the Queensland Government provided $40,000 to Community Sports Mentoring and Coaching, a not-for-profit organisation of Brian Kerle Basketball Coaching (Logan Metro), and $18,950 to South West Metro Pirates (Hibiscus) to run Get Out Get Active programs to get women and girls active for life.
"Basketball is a Commonwealth Games sport but also very accessible and a great way for people to get fit and be social,” Kerle said.
“You can shoot hoops with your mates, become a member of a local club or do trick shots at the local park.
“This program will enable women and girls in the Logan, Gold Coast and Redlands local communities, who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to get fit, meet new people and stay healthy. The only rule is that you get out and have a go.
“I hope that these programs will not only provide the participants motivation to stay fit and healthy but inspire them in other aspects of their lives. Basketball is not only a great sport but can also help people, especially young girls develop lifelong skills like leadership, commitment and confidence.”
The sessions are free with free childcare provided. Click here to find out more.
About Brian Kerle:
- Kerle coached 456 NBL games over 13 seasons
- Kerle was twice named Coach of the Year in the NBL
- As a coach, he won two successive NBL titles with St Kilda (1979 and 1980) and a fifth place at the World Club Championships (1981), took the Bullets to the 1984, 1986 and 1990 NBL grand finals and two championship titles (1985, 1987)
- Kerle was Assistant Coach for the Australian Men’s Teams at a World Championship and Olympic Games and has been one of the most successful basketball coaches in Australian basketball
- His contribution to the game at all levels has been profound, demonstrated by his induction into the NBL Hall of Fame in 2006
- Since leaving the competitive basketball scene, he has continued coaching in schools, clubs and coaching clinics throughout Queensland