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Basketballer, Danny Morseu, on board as a Student Horizons Ambassador

Written by on April 2nd, 2016.      0 comments

We are excited to announce that Danny Morseu has joined Student Horizons as an Ambassador. Danny Morseu shares our values and enthusiasm for developing all young people and in particular giving opportunities to those who may not ordinarily get the chance.

Danny Morseu is an Australian basketball player who played on the Australian Basketball Team in the 1980 Summer Olympics and 1984 Summer Olympics.

DannyDanny played for the Australian team at the 1980 Summer Olympics, where Australia finished eighth, and at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where Australia finished seventh, their best Olympic result to that date. He was the first Torres Strait Islander born and bred in the Torres Strait to represent Australia at the Olympic Games. He also played twelve world cup matches for Australia.

A Torres Strait Islander he spent his childhood in Tamwoy, a mission on Thursday Island, where he grew up without running water or electricity. He started playing basketball at school and despite being cut from his primary school team, he developed into a tall, talented teenage athlete. After completing school, he moved to Cairns where he played basketball and rugby league for local teams.

Danny attracted the attention of National Basketball League coach Brian Kerle after playing a match against Kerle's club, the Melbourne-based St Kilda Saints – on a tour of North Queensland.  Kerle convinced Danny to move to Melbourne in 1977, where he played in St Kilda's NBL championship-winning team of 1979 and 1980.  He played 217 NBL games in total, winning another NBL championship with the Brisbane Bullets in 1987

DannyMorseuDanny has been employed in a range of activities for state and federal governments in Victoria, Queensland, and the ACT, including working in Indigenous Sport and Recreation programs. He has acted as a mentor for other indigenous basketball players such as Nathan Jawai and Patty Mills.

Danny has recently set up the National Indigenous Basketball Academy in Canberra with a long term vision of assisting more indigenous basketball players making it to play for Australia and in the  CBA and NBL.