Michelle Bruggeman and Tracey Browning elected to Basketball Victoria Board

Basketball Victoria would like to welcome Michelle Bruggeman and Tracey Browning to the Board following their election at last week’s Annual General Meeting. 

Michelle Bruggeman is the current Melbourne Zoos Director and a former deputy CEO of YMCA Victoria. Bruggeman brings a wealth of experience to the Board in business management, corporate services, governance, project and operational service management in the Corporate, Government and Non-Profit sectors. Bruggeman said she sought election to the Board to give back to basketball and help our associations prosper. 

“I joined Basketball Victoria’s board as I wanted to give back to the sport I love and help the game on and off the court,” Bruggeman said. “I look forward to supporting the growth and development of both Country and Metropolitan Associations to be successful as the number one participation sport in the state.” 

Tracey Browning is a former Australian Opal and five-time WNBL champion and former Victorian junior state representative. She earned WNBL Life Membership and is the current Southside Flyers WNBL general manager. Browning said she looks forward to joining the Board and creating new growth opportunities for all. 

“As a passionate Victorian and lifelong basketball person, I am looking forward to working with Basketball and its member associations as we approach exciting opportunities for growth within our sport over the next few years,” Browning said. 

Basketball Victoria president Mike Bainbridge said Bruggeman and Browning will be brilliant members of the Board throughout their tenures. 

“Michelle and Tracey have been fantastic contributors to Victorian basketball at our associations and clubs and we’re excited to see them elected to the Board,” Bainbridge said. “They will bring a wonderful mix of basketball and business expertise and experience to our Board and will continue to enhance and improve Basketball Victoria. 

Bainbridge also expressed his thanks and gratitude to the two departing Board members – Shelley Lambert, who served her maximum allotted six years on the board, and David Skelton, who did not seek re-election to the board. 

“I’d like to personally thank Shelley Lambert and David Skelton for their service to the Basketball Victoria Board,” Bainbridge said. “Their contributions to Basketball Victoria over their terms, including the magnitude of work put in across a difficult 2020, is commendable and we thank them for their time and energy as elected members.” 

Michelle Bruggeman and Tracey Browning have joined the Basketball Victoria Board alongside previously elected and appointed members Mike Bainbridge (president), Kylie Bishop, Becky Hyde, Brett Rolfe, John Gdanski (appointed director) and Katie Rowe (appointed director). 

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