Diamond Valley’s 2020 Youth League Women’s Head Coach and VJBL U12-14 Coaching Coordinator, Robbie Baldwin, will be returning for the 2021 season!

“After a very strange 2020 year with the season getting cancelled a day before we started,  I’m really looking forward to building on the relationships I formed with the playing group and coaches. We will be a young side so I’m looking forward to watching the group improve as individuals and as a team as the year progresses.”

Robbie is extremely excited for an uninterrupted 2021 working with the Diamond Valley families, athletes, and coaches in both of his roles.

In honor of NAIDOC Week, Robbie also chatted to us about his indigenous heritage

and the importance of the 2020 theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be.’

Always Was, Always Will Be talks about the great history of indigenous people in this country and the 65,000 years my ancestors have looked after this land.”

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all people of Australia to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. It is a chance to learn about the land on which we live and to celebrate the world’s oldest continuing culture.

In his very successful basketball career Robbie has made a significant contribution, as both a player and a coach, to the Indigenous National Championships and Australian Indigenous team.

“My proudest moments would have to be when I was named the MVP of the inaugural Australian Aboriginal Basketball Championships held in Brisbane in 1988, as an 18 year old, and being selected to represent my people in the Australian Aboriginal men’s team which toured the West Coast of the USA in late 1988.”

Congratulations Robbie, we are looking forward to a fantastic 2021 season for our Youth League Women!