Karratha basketball president honoured with State award

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Cassie Perry, from Karratha Basketball Association, has been awarded the Basketball WA Arthur McRobbie Award.
Camera IconCassie Perry, from Karratha Basketball Association, has been awarded the Basketball WA Arthur McRobbie Award. Credit: Michael Farnell Sports Imagery

She has been a part of the Karratha Basketball Association for 27 years and been on the committee for 25, and this month, her quarter of a century of dedication was recognised at the Basketball WA 2019 Gala Awards night.

Cassie Perry has this month won the organisation’s Arthur McRobbie Award, an honour which recognises someone from a country association who contributes a great deal of time to basketball.

Perry has been the president of the KBA for the past seven years and served as the treasurer for many years before that.

She said she had originally signed up to the committee to help out.

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“Country towns need volunteers and I’m always happy to lend a hand,” she said.

“I love basketball and I love helping out the basketball community, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing people.”

Basketball WA Pilbara regional development officer Samantha Dell’Orso said Perry had received the award because of her commitment to develop all athletes and increase participation.

“She is very passionate about basketball and often at her training session there will be up to six athletes who aren’t in her team, however she invites them to play ball,” she said.

“Cassie has been a volunteer for many years and puts her heart and soul into the game of basketball and the association; her passion and dedication to grow the sport in every way possible is truly an inspiration to the Karratha community.”

Perry said the best part of being part of KBA was the people, who were like a family.

“We’ve always had a really strong bunch of lovely, wonderful, helpful people that I’ve worked with,” she said.

“Those people have helped shaped me, I was only 18 when I started on the committee and over the years those people have helped me grow and made me in to the person I am today.”

Perry said she was blown away to win the award.

“I was so thankful just to be nominated and absolutely shocked to actually win it, I’m just really proud,” she said.

“I wouldn’t have won the award without all of the people helping me, they’re the ones that really deserve it.”

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