Cultural Safety in Basketball


Awabakal CEO and Newcastle Basketball Board Member Rob Russell and Newcastle Basketball's Chloe Mullaney with over 300 pairs of shoes destined for Top End remote communites.

Goodwill Reaches the North



Former National Basketball League Coach Ian Stacker has reached out to the Top End in a gesture of goodwill.


Stacker first visited the Northern Territory in 1991 to conduct coaching sessions on “screening techniques” and being able to “read screens”. Stacker was also instrumental in organising a training and tour visit to the University of North Carolina for the Northern Territory Intensive Training Program in 2008.


Stacker coached the Geelong Supercats and Townsville Crocodiles in the National Basketball League and was also the Head Coach of the 1997 Under 20 Australian Junior Mens Team that won the Gold Medal. He is the current Head of Elite Sport at Templestowe College in Melbourne.


Through his school basketball program in Melbourne, Stacker has donated boxes of pre-loved basketballs to programs conducted by Hoops 4 Health.


The first recipient of these basketballs will go towards programs conducted in Don Dale Youth Detention Centre.


Hoops 4 Health founder Timmy Duggan mentioned that the basketballs will help with resources in the Don Dale facility and allow all participants a chance to play the sport of basketball.


“I have been going into the facility for nearly two years now and I noticed the basketballs had a bit of wear and tear. Another incentive that I will use with the basketballs, is upon release from Don Dale, I will ensure each individual receives one to take home and continue practicing skills learnt from the sessions On behalf of Hoops 4 Health we would like to thank Ian Stacker for the generous donation.”


The secondary aspect the basketballs will be used for is the individual skills sessions Duggan has been conducting for those athletes wanting to improve their skills. These sessions are aimed at athletes who want to develop and if you are interested in improving your basketball skills, go to to book a session.


If clubs in the Darwin region are in need of some basketballs for trainings and development, please email

Pic below: Ian Stacker

Shooting Hoops with the Heart Foundation

By Paul Grant of the Clontarf Foundation, 

Posted on Mar 21st 2018

Guest speakers from the Heart Foundation Margaret Williams, Timmy Duggan and Danielle Wiseman spoke to the Haileybury and Katherine boys about the importance of keeping fit and living a healthy lifestyle. Heart Foundation’s mascot ‘Happy Heart’ also paid a visit to the Academy room. ‘Happy Heart’ asked the boys if they drink soft drinks such as Coca-Cola, Lemonade, Fanta, Slushy or Mountain Dew etc. Without hesitation, majority of the boys raised their hands indicating there like for sugary soft drinks. Margaret explained there are 16 teaspoons of sugar per 600ml bottle of Coke-Cola, 9 teaspoons of sugar per 600ml PowerAde and 25 teaspoons of sugar per1100ml slushy. The boys couldn’t believe the amounts of sugar in some of their favourite sips. After the harsh reality of learning soft drinks aren’t the healthiest, Heart Foundation’s motivational speaker Timmy Duggan spoke to the boys about his career journey to the NBL. Timmy shared the barriers he overcame to be the first Indigenous male from the Northern Territory to be drafted to the Gold Coast Rollers in the National Basketball League in 1996. Timmy ran a few basketball drills which the boys couldn’t get enough of as they wanted to keep playing even when the food was being served up. It was great catching up with the Katherine Academy, the Heart Foundation and meeting an NT Iconic sport star Timmy Duggan.


"Leading in The Spirit of the Game"


Posted on Feb 26 2018

By Basketball Australia

One of Australian basketball’s indigenous basketball pioneers, Timmy Duggan, will be a keynote presenter at the 2018 Basketball Australia Coaches Conference to be held May 7 and 8 at the Australian Institute of Sport.

The first indigenous player from the Northern Territory to play in the National Basketball League, Duggan played with the Gold Coast Rollers and Cairns Taipans before carving out a successful career in both the SEABL and QBL.

A leading advocate for indigenous health and welfare, Duggan is the founder of the Hoops4Health program and throughout the last two decades has worked tirelessly to use basketball as a vehicle to inspire indigenous youth and impact the community.

A former Basketball Northern Territory Director of Coaching, Duggan has worked extensively with junior players in Darwin and surrounds and continues to play a key role in mentoring young indigenous athletes from around the country.

He will present a keynote entitled “Leading and Dreaming in the Spirit of the Game”, focusing on engaging and developing indigenous athletes and coaches.

Basketball Australia Head of High Performance Coach Development Peter Lonergan said the addition of Duggan to the list of presenters at the conference provided an important opportunity.

“Timmy is respected nationally for his ongoing commitment to the community and his work in promoting healthy, positive lifestyle choices through basketball,” Lonergan said.

“As a player, Timmy had the ability to make others better with his point guard play and he has brought those skills into his coaching and leadership work post career. We are excited to have him join Kerry Rupp and Patrick Hunt as our keynote presenters for the Conference.”

Slam Dunk For The YMCA

Victorian Coaches End Road Trip with Top End Kids

By Timmy Duggan 3.1.18

In preparation for the first “Basketball and Beats” session I received a text message from Basketball Australia’s High Performance Manager, Peter Lonergan. He mentioned that there were three basketball junkies finishing off their road trip from the Southern Peninsula Region in Victoria travelling to Darwin needing a hoops fix.


So I was connected with Gerard Hillier, Lucas Allen and Jamilee Pearce from the Southern Peninsula Basketball Association. They are the current Victorian Country Under 18 Men’s and Women’s Team Coaches. Hillier is the Director of Coaching and Development at the Southern Peninsula Basketball Association. Allen is the Head Coach of the Southern Peninsula Mens Program. Pearce is a player in the Big V Womens Program Team.


The twenty aspiring basketballers rocked up to their first session in a series of five clinics to be held during the month of January at Manunda Terrace Primary School in Karama. The juniors ranged from State Level basketballers to young people who had never stepped onto a basketball court. The Basketball and Beats Sessions have been an initiative of the Member for Karama, Ms Ngaree Ahkit.


There was even a cameo appearance by The Territory’s Own Logie Award Winner and “Cleverman”, Robert Collins, who was in attendance supporting his daughter. Collins was an aspiring baller, who, back in his teenage years was a member of the NT Under 20’s National Indigenous Basketball Tournament Champions in Canberra in 1997.


With limited preparation, the coaches put the juniors through a series of shooting drills, footwork fundamentals and incorporated these into game like scenarios.


By the end of the session, the kids and coaches were drenched in sweat and it wasn’t from the overhanging, but teasing rain clouds. It was due to the fact that these three basketball junkies felt the obligation to give back something that has given so much fulfilment to them.


Only this time it was three thousand plus kilometres north west from their usual base at the Hillview Stadium in the Southern Peninsula in Victoria.

Inside Hoops With Muligahs



At first glance, the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre looks like any other correctional facility with its youth residents and custodial staff together in a facility that housed adult prisoners only a couple of years ago. The prison walls echo with the hollow bounce of the basketballs as the young people are escorted down to the basketball court located in Mike Block. They’re getting ready to participate in the Hoops program which uses the sport of basketball to learn skills, gain fitness, build confidence and increase their awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles.


A year ago, Danila Dilba Health Service engaged local Darwin man and former National Basketball League player, Timmy Duggan to be a positive role model in the lives of these young people and with the approval and support of Don Dale senior management, the Hoops Program began.

Timmy Duggan:

“The program has a therapeutic aspect to it with trying to give the young people hands on experience in eliminating sedentary lifestyles which can be accentuated in the correctional environment. We (Danila Dilba) implement some yoga type stretching, an educational component factoring in nutrition, dangers of smoking and alcohol and a motivational session on making positive choices.”

“The youth justice officers at Don Dale have helped with supervising the games on the court as well as joining in and encouraging youths to take part. By the time the session has finished, most of the young people are drenched in sweat having burnt up lots of energy and usually feeling good with the new skills they’ve learnt. The endorphins from exercising create a natural high too.”


The Hoops program fits perfectly within the growing ethos of implementing more therapeutic and evidence-based approaches in youth detention. The program continues this Saturday with local Darwin Men’s Basketball team, Muligahs to take on the youths in a basketball game known as the “Inside Game”. Muligah being the local Aboriginal term for “man/male”. The Muligahs team features former St Kilda AFL Player and local Darwin man, Raphael Clarke.


The significance of this game is providing youths with access to local Indigenous men who are physically active and positive role models in the community.


Although the game will have no spectators, the result of it will have more implication than the final score will show.


Darwin NT, Australia