We check back in to see some of the less ordinary things James Lissaman has been up to
As Community Basketball Manager, James Lissaman’s job has a significant amount of variety (despite the bulk of it being done from behind a computer or cellphone screen – we looked at a normal week for him during the season earlier this year).
This diary, we have decided to look at some of the out of the ordinary things he has been involved with since July, with the first one being the international game that NZIBT organised between the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine and the South Island Select team. James had his usual commentary role here, providing some colour commentary as well as interviews with players and coaches.
August and September had our club finals (tipping off with our Junior Club Finals; Macca’s Thomson and Whelan Finals; then the Bealey’s Alehouse Midweek Finals; before the season officially wrapped up with our Senior Club Finals Day). James had various roles throughout these four events including photographs, media reports (along with help from the late Bruce Martin) as well as the more normal work such as scheduling and ensuring venues were booked appropriately.
Not all of James’ tasks have been based in Canterbury. In August he traveled to Nelson to help coach the Basketball team from Allenvale School as they competed in their Special Olympics competition. The start of September saw him make the trek down to Invercargill to help support the Canterbury School teams at the AA Secondary School Premiership (and snap some more photographs!). The CBA Rav4 is the first vehicle James has had with adaptive cruise control, and it definitely made the long drive a lot more manageable!
We will be catching up with Marty Davison next month (we have a feeling his diary will be pretty exciting with the Tall Blacks playing here at the end of November, as well as his FIBA and NBL work too!)