Tyson was named President of AIB at the 2019 Annual General Meeting held in Brisbane.
Demos retired from the National Basketball League (NBL) in 2016, following a career that spanned 8-years and 216-games, for club’s the Gold Coast Blaze & Illawarra Hawks. Not giving the game away completely however, the defensive specialist has appeared for the Apunipima AIB All Stars men’s national team, winning Trans-Tasman titles against the New Zealand Maori side in 2016, 2017 & 2018.
Demos, a proud Aboriginal man with family ties to Bindal country in North Queensland, currently works as an Out of Home Care Caseworker with the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation in New South Wales. He admits to having a strong a passion for helping vulnerable young people and through his position, is committed to making a positive impact through mentoring.
Ricky is a Melbourne-based construction industry mentor who brings more than 40-years of basketball playing and coaching experience to AIB. As a player, Baldwin represented Victoria in the junior ranks before graduating into the Knox Raiders men’s program. He was a member of Raiders 1991 SEABL national championship winning side. A SEABL standout for many years, Baldwin was also named to the Raiders 1990’s ‘Team of the Decade’.
A proud Aboriginal man with Gunaikurnai heritage, Baldwin competed on the 1988 Victorian Aboriginal men’s representative team, winning a silver medal at the national championships held in Brisbane.
Along with his VP duties, Ricky is the current Head Coach of the Apunipima All Stars women’s national team and guided the team to a gold medal at the 2019 International Indigenous & Cultural Basketball Tournament held in New Zealand.
AIB FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & BOARD SECRETARY
A native of Far North Queensland, Joel has a decorated background in Basketball that began in 1998, as a player for the Cairns Marlins in the CBA. Joel played 9-seasons with the Marlins, winning 4-QBL state titles and 2-ABA national championships.
As part of his hoops journey, Khalu received a scholarship to play college basketball in Milwaukee, USA where he also earned a degree in Foundations of Teacher Education. He was recognized with the college’s outstanding student award and was the commencement speaker for his graduating class.
Joel stayed heavily involved in the sport post-playing, transitioning into operational & coaching roles with Cairns Basketball, Cairns Taipans, Mackay Basketball and the Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea. In addition to being AIB Secretary, Khalu also serves in a volunteer capacity as AIB Chief Executive Officer and Head Coach of the Apunipima All Stars men’s national team.
Nicole commenced her career in financial planning in 2007 and has completed considerable study, including an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning (Financial Services).
In her role as Paraplanner, she is responsible for data analysis, research and development of technical strategy and works closely with financial planners and clients alike to achieve optimum results for their lifestyle and financial goals pertaining to debt repayment, wealth accumulation and protection, tax planning and cash flow management.
Nicole also dedicates considerable personal time to assisting her fellow parishioners, having been involved in all facets of Church leadership. Currently, she volunteers her time as the Director of Public Affairs for the local Cairns District. In this role, Nicole’s main objective is to build relationships with key stakeholders in the community, including liaising with local government, organisations, religious and other community groups. Nicole also sits on committees that plan and carry out local events, such as the Christmas musical concert, which was held as part of the “Light the World” campaign on December 1, 2018. This concert event, headlined by musical superstar Patrice Tipoki, had over 1,000 people in attendence.
Born and bred in Townsville, Mick’s love of hoops came at a young age. With an ongoing professional basketball career that has spanned 15-years, Cedar has played with 4-QBL sides; Townsville, Mackay, Gladstone & Logan and also brings 8-seasons and 209-games of NBL experience with the Townsville Crocodiles to AIB. In 2012, Cedar captained the Mackay Meteors to a QBL title, earning league MVP honours in the process.
As a proud Torres Strait Islander, Mick holds his Indigenous heritage close to his heart and acknowledges the import position he is in as a role-model for children.
Off the court, Mick inspires and motivates young people in his role as Student Development Coordinator for the Yalari organisation and also aims to drive positive change regarding men’s mental health issues.
Kerry is a proud and passionate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander man and is presently employed as the Indigenous Programs Manager for NBL club the Cairns Taipans.
Kerry had a distinguished playing career that included 105-NBL appearances for the Cairns Taipans and an invitation to attend an Australian Boomers National Team Training Camp. Kerry also won 2-ABA National Championships with the Cairns Marlins in 2004 & 2007 and played college basketball in Idaho, USA.
After captaining the Australian Indigenous All Stars to a third consecutive Trans-Tasman title and retiring from competitive hoops in 2017, Kerry shifted into the coaching ranks and is the current Head Coach of the Cairns Dolphins in the QBL. Kerry also mentors a large number of athletes in his role as the Basketball Queensland State Performance Officer.