Huntingtower Heat Excellence Award

SIOBHAN SELVARAJOO

Excellence Award Summer 2016-17

THIS IS THE AWARD SPEECH BY GARY McADAM

WHEN THIS PLAYER CAME TO THE CLUB THE PLAYER WAS SHY, A TOUCH AWKWARD AND MORE THAN HAPPY TO HAVE A GAME OF BASKETBALL AND SIMPLY GO HOME. AFTER A FEW SEASONS OF INSISTING ON STARTING AS A BENCH PLAYER, ONE WEEK THE TEAM WAS SHORT AND GIVEN THE TEAM ONLY HAD 5 SIOBHAN HAD TO START.

 THIS WAS INDEED THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY TO EXCELLENCE IN BASKETBALL AND ALONG THE WAY IMPROVING ONES SELF ESTEEM AND LIFE PURPOSE.

BY NOW YOU MAY HAVE WORKED OUT WHO I AM TALKING ABOUT AS BUILDING THE SUSPENSE IS QUITE DIFFICULT IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE.

 WITH THE TOTAL SUPPORT OF HER PARENTS ( WELL THAT REDUCES THE FIELD) SHE TOOK EXTRA HOLIDAY TRAINING PROGRAMS AND SKILL SESSIONS AND TRIED OUT FOR REP BASKETBALL. SHE STARTED COACHING IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE HER VIEW OF THE GAME AND INSTANTLY WAS A HIT WITH THE PLAYERS SHE COACHED.

SHE THEN GOT A SPOT PLAYING FOR THE MELBOURNE TIGERS REP SIDE AND THE IMPROVEMENT IN HER PLAY AT HT HEAT WAS HUGE.

 PROVING THAT GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES HER SPEED IMPROVED, HER DEFENCE WAS STELLAR AND HER THREE POINT SHOOTING WAS AMAZING.

ALBERT EINSTEIN ONCE SAID “VISION WITHOUT EXECUTION IS HALLUCINATION” AND IN THIS CASE SHE SAW WHAT HAD TO BE DONE AND DID IT.

THE COMPLETION OF THIS JOURNEY WAS ENCAPTULATED WHEN SHE TRANSFERRED TO THE NUNAWADING SPECTRES AT A REP LEVEL AND NOW IS THE OPENING POINT GUARD FOR THE UNDER 20 FIRSTS TEAM WITH A FORMER EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER GRACE BARRILLIER.

 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HT HEAT PLAYERS AND FRIENDS. THIS YEARS WINNER IS MY STARTING GUARD AND I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO COACH HER FOR 5 OR SO YEARS. HER VIBRANT PERSONALITY AND DEVOTION TO MAKING HERSELF THE BEST SHE CAN BE SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO YOU ALL.

 SHE HAS INSPIRED ME TO BE A BETTER COACH.

SIOBHAN SELVARAJOO.