Bob Elphinston OAM

Hall of Fame Class: 2007 Role: Contributor


Hall of Fame Class: 2007 Role: Contributor


Bob Elphinston was a pioneer in the development of Australian basketball across all levels and today he is one of the most influential men in world basketball through his role as President of FIBA.

He was behind the development of Association representative basketball, he was a member of the formative Board of the National Basketball League, he was a Secretary General of the Australian Olympic Federation, he was a foundation President of the Australian Basketball Coaches Association and he is a Life Member of Basketball NSW.

He was the manager of the national men’s team at 38 events, including the 1982 World Championship in Colombia and the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Bob also played a pivotal role in establishing the NSW State Sports Centre as well as in garnering the successful bid for the 2000 Olympic Games.


– Men’s National Team Manager – 38 occasions.

– Former Vice President of Basketball NSW.

– Foundation President of Australian Basketball Coaches Association.

– Former Secretary General of Australian Olympic Committee.

– Former President of Oceania Basketball Federation.

– Basketball Australia Life Member.

– Basketball NSW Life Member.

– Head Coach of NSW U18 Men at National Championships – 1965 – 68.

– Head Coach of NSW Women’s Team – Australian Champions – 1975.

– Inaugural Board Member of the NBL – 1979.

– Manager of Men’s World Championship team – 1982.

– Manager of Men’s Los Angeles Olympic team – 1984.

– Manager of Sport at 2000 Sydney Olympics.

– Elected as President of FIBA – 2006.

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