National Volunteer Week - Sharon Thoonen

Basketball Australia acknowledge Sharon Thoonen for decades of volunteering

Sharon Thoonen 
Secretary, Keysborough Cougars, 
Keysborough, VIC 

Sharon Thoonen has over 25 years of experience volunteering in basketball and is the current Treasurer at Keysborough Cougars in South-East Melbourne. 
Thoonen started her basketball journey volunteering at the club when her son was five – since then she has taken on various positions including Team Manager, Coach, Committee Member and Scoretable to name a few. 
You can find Sharon spending time across all parts of the Cougars and she shares some insights on her journey with Basketball Australia.  
On memorable moments 
“I have been lucky enough to have worked with some great Coaches and kids along the way,” said Thoonen. 

“There is nothing better than seeing the kids love for the game and their improvements during the season.   Seeing some of our teams come into the sport with little experience and the improvement they achieve during the season, to then be able to take out a Championship. It's a real credit to our dedicated coaches and the kid's passion to learn new skills.” 
On motivation 

“I continue to do what I do in basketball because I believe everyone should have the opportunity to play basketball at all levels,” said Thoonen.

Advice for others  
“Just jump in and help wherever you can,” added Thoonen. “Don't be afraid to offer help.  We can never have enough volunteers.” 

If you are interested in volunteering and joining our ever-growing basketball family – click here.  
For more details on volunteers across Australia– head to ASC’s volunteer hub more information here