Richard Bourne, Kane has 50 years dedicated to basketball

It was in Ajaccio, Corsica, that the French Basketball Federation awarded Richard Borne a gold medal for the 50 years of volunteer work he has dedicated to the discipline.
The French Basketball Federation has awarded a gold medal to Richard Borne for 50 years of volunteer work in Calvados. © Freedom

Richard Bourne, Municipal Councilor Blainville-sur-Orne (Calvados) And any new representative in charge of the sport (since October 24), received a gold medal from the French Basketball Federation on Saturday, October 15, 2022, in recognition of 50 years of service rendered as a basketball volunteer.

“the basements were used as changing rooms”

As far back as he can, he has always practiced or coached teams or refereed matches. “I got a taste of basketball from my youth in La Guerinière. I started as a youngster at the age of 12, he recalls. We trained outside with friends. And the basements of the buildings served as locker rooms. There was no gymnasium yet. I liked this time to meet with friends with a sport that I liked ”.

The virus never left him again. He formed a team in the army.

We played barracks against barracks. When I returned to Blainville very early, I formed the first basketball club. Back then, there was no gym, we trained outside. Then the Lenormand gymnasium got off the ground.

Richard Bourne, Volunteer for 50 Years

Richard Bourne has a real passion for basketball. In the club, which he never left again, he held all positions: player, coach, official referee, president, secretary, treasurer. Because “yes, it is always difficult to find new members to make the association work”, he regrets.

But it is in refereeing functions that he has worked for 45 years: in the department, in the region, in the national, in the Caen Basket Club, in the League of Burgundy and in the Paris region where he lived for a few years, so that he became the head of the SMN be an employee For 15 years, he has been associated with Ouistrehm as a referee. Today, he still holds positions in departmental bodies, most notably as chairman of the Senior Sports Commission.

In Born, “We’re All Grown Up”

He dedicated his life to his passion. “In the evening after work, I went there”. And he also passed that passion on to his three children and grandchildren. In Bourne, everyone plays basketball. “It must be said that we are cut out for this, we are all great,” he jokes.

Now, and without ever betraying his passion for the sport, Richard Bourne has joined the municipal team in which he is the sporting reference, giving the municipality the benefit of his expertise on the subject. “In the commune, this is my first mandate. I wanted to be involved with Mayor Lionel Marie. A way of making myself useful, supporting the sport that is so close to my heart,” he says.

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