Former 92.9 announcer Tyrone Thwaites swaps mic for hoops as Cockburn Basketball chief


New Cockburn Basketball
Association
general manager
Tyrone Thwaites. Picture: Matt Jelonek d477922
New Cockburn Basketball Association general manager Tyrone Thwaites. Picture: Matt Jelonek d477922

COCKBURN resident Tyrone Thwaites has swapped the studio for the basketball court as part of his new role as general manager of the Cockburn Basketball Association.

The former 92.9 employee resigned from his role as morning announcer to take on the role vacated by Graeme Pratt, who left the association to take up a gig at UWA as a club development manager.

The 26-year-old will begin his new role at the end of the month, with the intention to direct the association towards a sustainable and successful future.

“Basketball has always been something I’ve been a part of, I’ve just never made the jump full-time,” he said.

“The opportunity to work at my home club was too good to pass up and despite being disappointed to leave radio behind, I’m very excited to get started at Cockburn.

“I’ll bring to the association an in-depth understanding of managing representative and high-performance programs (WA Basketball League/State Basketball League), experience in media/communications and a large connection to the basketball community in WA.”

Thwaites began his junior WA basketball career with the Cougars in 2005. The Curtin University graduate also played 73 State Basketball League games for the Rockingham Flames, coached the WA U16 Metro Boys State team and was involved with the Australian Junior Development Camps at the AIS in Canberra as a coach.

He hopes all those roles and skills will help him in his new role.

“It’s an exciting time to be a member of the Cougar family; our aim has always been to be WA’s family club and we will continue to work to that goal,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to leading Cockburn into an era that breeds a culture of sustainability, success and family.

“I’m very proud to represent the club I love and I can’t wait to get stuck in with and get working in our community.”