Dell Harney has been inducted into the Queensland Basketball Hall of Fame for services to Rockhampton Basketball.
Dell Harney has been inducted into the Queensland Basketball Hall of Fame for services to Rockhampton Basketball. ALLAN REINIKKA

Dell's dedication scores her a place in Hall of Fame

BASKETBALL: Dell Harney never played basketball but a 30-year commitment to the sport off the court has seen her inducted into the Queensland Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dell was inducted under the category of Contributor and was one of 10 people to recently receive the honour.

The inductees, who come from all sections of basketball from players to officials to volunteers, were selected by the Queensland Basketball Honours and Awards Committee.

"It's quite unbelievable. It's a great honour and something that I never thought would happen,” she said.

Dell first became involved with basketball when her children started playing with Falcons in the early 1980s.

"I used to take the kids out to play and in 1982 Lenny Lorraway talked me into standing for the position of secretary,” she said.

"I did that and everything just flowed from there. Everyone was so nice - they're a good community, basketball people.

"All I can say is that if I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't have done it.”

Dell is the longest-serving secretary in the history of Rockhampton Basketball, first elected in 1982 and resigning in 2009.

She has been involved in Rockhampton Basketball's bingo and continues to run the weekly sessions.

She was awarded life membership in 1997 and in the same year was named Basketball Australia's Volunteer of the Year.

Recognition for her unwavering dedication continued with Dell receiving the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and Basketball Queensland's Chairman's Award in 2011.

Despite never playing basketball, Dell maintains a keen interest in the game and is a regular at QBL games.

She said the induction ceremony held in Brisbane was incredibly special.

"It was a great night and I saw a lot of people that I hadn't seen in a long time,” she said.

"It was like old home week, seeing so many people you know.

"There were a lot of deserving people there.”

Honour for Allan

Former Rockhampton referee Allan Dobbs was inducted into the Queensland Basketball Hall of Fame in the category of technical official.

He has worked as an official since the 1960s and was one of the first referees to be awarded a state refereeing badge.

Allan, who also involved with the Brisbane and Toowoomba associations, coached the Queensland under-16 boys team in the early 1960s and played for Queensland in 1962.

He refereed at state and national championships from the mid-1960s well into to the 70s



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