AUSTRALIA - Tyson Demos achieved a great deal in his time on-court as a professional basketball player, but it’s off-the-court where he’s really aiming to make his mark. The 30-year old has the opportunity to do just that, after being elected as the new President of Australian Indigenous Basketball (AIB) at the associations’ annual general meeting held recently 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. He hopes to continue this trend as President of AIB.
“Basketball has been a great vehicle for positive change in my life,” Demos said.
“Through the sport I’ve been fortunate to learn life-skills that have helped me to become a better person, a better husband and a better father.”
“I’m excited to now give back and create pathways through AIB to help inspire the next generation.”
Last December, Demos was one of the key drivers behind the Illawarra Hawks first ever NBL Indigenous game.
“That event gave me the chance to work with local traditional owner groups and really see the impact that basketball can have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, not only in Wollongong, but Australia-wide.”
“The response we received (to that game) was amazing and motivated me to want to do more for my mob.”
“It also gave me confidence knowing I did have cultural and leadership skills and I felt that taking on this role as AIB president was the next step for me to instigate affective change.”
Demos will work closely with the other elected AIB board members on governance and strategy, with early plans already in place to conduct the first ever AIB national tournament this December.
Other AIB board members voted in at the recent AGM include - Ricky Baldwin (Vice President), Joel Khalu (Company Secretary), Nicole Ziegelbauer (Treasurer), Michael Cedar (Director) and Kerry Williams (Director).