ABOUT

Established in 2013, the Westside Suns are a rapidly growing club that compete in the local Westgate Basketball Association Saturday domestic competition. The club was established by a number of parents who sought for their children to play in the newly established competition.

In the early days, the club registered teams made up of a number of monikers including the Ardeer Angels, Ardeer Devils, Bullets, Devils, Eagles, Excel Knights, Kings, Lakers, Magic Eagles, Purple Magic, Raiders, Sonics, Suns and Wolves.

Over time, three monikers became most common across the club - Eagles, Kings and Suns. At the commencement of the Summer 18/19 Season, the club committee endorsed a proposal to move forward under one moniker, the Westside Suns, to be gradually implemented over two calendar years. , 

Since then, the club has grown significantly to field over 77 teams in the Winter 2020 season, with 71 teams being registered as the Westside Suns. The club has entered teams into every group and division, which includes U10, U12, U14 and U16 Boys and Girls, as well as U18 and U21 boys. 

The growth of our club has only been achievable through the hard work of all the clubs volunteers who have given their time over the last seven years to help deliver such an amazing outcome.

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WESTSIDE SUNS COMMITTEE

Sean Crees

President

Sean has served as our President since 2020 and was Vice-President prior to that from 2017. Sean serves  on the Domestic Competition Sub-Committee as our representative and has two daughters playing in the U16 & U18 Girls competition.

Sarah Mansfield

Secretary / Child Welfare

Sarah was appointed as the Club Secretary in November 2019. Sarah is also our Child Welfare Officer, responsible for the management of our Working With Children Checks and Basketball Victoria Declarations.

Felicity Forrester

Graphic Design

Felicity is a General Committee Member as well as our resident Graphic Designer. In addition to her committee duties, Felicity is also the team manager for her U14 daughters team.

Alex Leonard

Vice-President

Alex has served as our Vice-President since 2020, with two years as President prior to that.

 

Alex is the Girls Registrar and coaches three teams; U12 Boys, U16 Girls and U18 Girls. 

Billy Akalo

Development Programs

Billy is a General Committee Member as runs all of our Development Programs, including Lil' Suns, Junior Suns and Rising Suns. Billy also coaches an Under 14 Boys and Under 18 Boys Team in the domestic competition.

Martelle McBride

Treasurer

Martelle has served as our Treasurer since November 2019. Martelle also supports the Association on their Finance Sub-Committee.

In addition to managing the clubs finances, Martelle is also the coach of her Under 14 daughters team.

Donna D'Alessandro 

General Committee

Donna is a General Committee Member who has served on our committee since 2019. Donna has extensive committee experience and provides support to the club executive to manage the activities of the club.