We catch up with Warwick Cann, Basketball Queensland’s newly appointed Game Development Manager to hear how he got into basketball and what he hopes to bring to his new role. Having been involved in basketball for over 40 years, we are looking forward to seeing Warwick’s level of expertise and experience come through in the Game Development role.
Where did you work before joining the BQ team?
I previously worked at British Basketball in the UK. I was National Teams Director and went to the UK for the London Olympics and ended up staying seven years before returning to Townsville as Director High Performance basketball with the JCU Townsville Fire in the WNBL.
What are you hoping to bring to your role as Game Development Manager?
I plan to bring a wealth and extensive level of experience and skill as a High-Performance Manager in developing effective systems and pathways of athlete and coach development. I have an extensive coaching as well as management background and a wealth of experience in elite sport and Basketball particularly in not only Australia but Europe and the US.
How long have you been involved in basketball and how did you get involved?
I’ve been involved in basketball for a long time! Firstly, as a high school player who learned to love the game, to a Coach at a relatively young age who just loved teaching the game. Then diving in head first to a volunteer association and regional level Basketball Administrator in NSW while coaching and working to a professional employed basketball specialist manager and elite youth level coach. A lifetime!
What are your greatest basketball achievements?
That’s a difficult question because it’s not up to me to judge, but there have certainly been many satisfying and milestone achievements that have meant a lot at that particular time. The greatest achievement, if there is such a thing, for me is just the satisfaction from coaching or teaching and now professionally managing to help players and coaches as a custodian of the game. Being selected as an ALL Australian youth coach was nice at the time. Establishing Primary school basketball in NSW and establishing an opportunity to play more in school was important. Being a life member of an Association, getting best ever international results for GB and England in Europe and finally, playing my part as HP Director for the Fire and winning the WNBL championship probably are the highlights for me.