ABSL Leadership Appointments - Chief Executive and Community Basketball Manager

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Auckland Basketball Services (ABSL), together with the basketball associations that ABSL represents – Basketball Auckland, Counties Manukau Basketball and Waitakere West Auckland Basketball are pleased to announce key leadership changes as part of a strategy to build strong, effective community basketball in Auckland.

Ivan Harre

As part of the agreed change process, Ivan Harre has stepped back from his position as General Manager (Transitional) to make way for the appointment of a permanent full time Chief Executive. Ivan will continue to support ABSL, advising on organisational changes and implementing delivery changes for basketball in Auckland. We are extremely grateful for the advice, expertise, and guidance he has provided over the last 6 months in what were particularly challenging circumstances as we emerged from the impact of the Covid 19 lockdown . We look forward to working closely with him over the coming months to complete the next stage of basketball’s development.

Appointment of Rob Wakelin as Chief Executive

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Wakelin as Chief Executive of ABSL. Rob is an experienced sports management professional with deep experience in community sports leadership, systems and development. He comes to basketball after a career that has seen him working in a wide range of community sport and recreation organisations including Piha Surf Life Saving Club, Rugby League Northland, Te Araroa - New Zealand’s Trail, Cricket Scotland, and Kelly Sports. Rob attended Wesley College and was a Trustee of Sport Waitakere from 2010 -2013.

Rob has a proven ability to drive strategic changes and deliver the unity, systems, and structures needed to succeed. We are confident that Rob will bring the purposeful ethical leadership, positive energy, and enthusiasm, required for success. This is an exciting time for basketball in Auckland as we implement the structures necessary to support the massive growth and interest in the sport.

“Basketball has some unique opportunities in Auckland so I'm excited to accept this role. I can't wait to support the enthusiastic basketball community and our talented diverse staff in delivering quality sporting experiences and accelerate the great work ABSL has done to date,” says Rob.

Appointment of Barry Rhodes as Community Basketball Manager

Barry Rhodes was appointed to the newly created position of Community Basketball Manager last year, and joined ABSL on 30 November.

Barry leads the Community Team, building basketball participation through clubs and schools, with a focus on creating sustainable, consistent quality basketball structures and programmes.

Barry brings a wealth of experience in community sport with his work at Auckland Rugby, CLM Community Sport and Counties Manukau Cricket. Barry has a strong background in increasing player participation through innovative development programmes, strategic planning and community engagement.

We would like to warmly welcome Rob and Barry to ABSL and the basketball community.

Nga manaakitanga

Simon Whyte


Auckland Basketball Services Limited

19 January 2021

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