Zennaro Calls Time
Longstanding Blackburn Vikings President Dave Zennaro recently stepped down after 6 years in the role.
Dave’s legacy is unquestioned, in his time as President the club underwent huge growth, reached great on court success with teams competing in State Championship Finals, six players reach college, our first ever AIS Scholarship holder, the return of our Men’s team to State Championship Men, the first ever Youth League teams, the new senior domestic competitions, and last but not least, the signing of the merger between the Blackburn Vikings and Nunawading Vikings.
We asked Dave to reflect on his time as President.
As my tenure as President of this great club comes to an end, I could not let it pass without expressing my gratitude to everyone for making this time as enjoyable and memorable as it has been.
It is the people of a club who dictate the culture and moral foundation which makes a club what it is. I believe at Blackburn Vikings we have an incredible culture of promoting and playing the sport of basketball in the way it should be, fiercely competitive whilst maintain respect. This comes from the hardworking committee, to the coaches and expressed by our players on the court, something we should all be so proud of.
From our senior most Big V players down to our youngest under 12 you can see what our club is about and that is family, community and commitment to the game. This is what drew me to have my kids play at the club, made me willing to volunteer my time willingly and happily to preserve and promote the club where ever possible.
It is the great hardworking committee members working behind the scenes to keep the club rolling who have also made my time so enjoyable. Craig Walker has become a close friend and without his council and fine financial decision making my job would have been very different. Damien Di Cosmo as VP has always been invaluable when tough decisions needed to be made and his friendship is something I take away with me. Running a club at committee level isn’t always cheese and wine, sometimes some tough decisions need to be made and I would like to thank Dora, Nicole, Matt, Richard, Jacqui, Tina, Paul, Pina, Peta and GM Paul Lankford for always supporting each decision made, each other and making it such a functioning well organised committee. It is your friendship I value most and thank you for everything.
I was asked what change at the club, while I have been a committee member, has made me most proud. While the merger of the two Vikings is a great achievement after some rough times, it is the growth in our girls program that has been very gratifying. We now have a Youth womens team completing the pathway, three under 16 girls team, three under 14 girls team and had twenty girls turn up to try outs for under 12 girls a far cry from the days of two or three.
Our boys program continues to go from strength to strength, both senior men and youth men in Championship division, Josh Bannan at the AIS and so many kids going to the states on college scholarships, it is a testament we are doing it right.
I have so much to be thankful the club has given myself and my family over the years, from the honour of Life Membership and a place for my kids to play the game, grow as people and make great friendships. I am confident the committee under new President Matt Cervelli will continue to take the club in the right direction.
It has been an honour to be given the opportunity to fill the role as president of our great club and I truly value the friendships made on the journey. I’ll see you around the courts.