The Gooding Cup is named after Paul Gooding, Willetton’s first President (1974 – 1984).
Paul was initially involved with basketball at the Bill Cole Centre in Riverton, and became the founding President of the Canning Districts Basketball Association.
Paul was then approached by the Willetton Football Club in the early 1970’s to see if basketball would join them to become part of the Willetton Sports Club, along with Little Athletics and Hockey.
Paul then submitted a proposal to the City of Canning to build outdoor courts, which were subsequently built in 1974, marking the beginning of the Willetton Basketball Club.
Basketball competitions then moved from the Bill Cole Centre to be played at Willetton, the same site we still play on today.
During Paul’s 10 year tenure as President, he was heavily involved in planning and applying for the construction of the indoor stadium. However, he and his family moved back to their hometown in Albury before the stadium was built.
Since leaving our club in 1984, Paul has been back many times to visit, and loves to keep updated with how the Association is progressing. Paul’s family continued their involvement in the club with his son participating in our Veteran’s competition for many years.
As a small token of appreciation for the work and effort Paul put into our great club, Willetton Basketball Association is proud to name the Junior Club Award ‘The Gooding Cup’.
Each club will start with 1500 points
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