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Vale - Alicia Lawson

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ALICIA LAWSON 26/07/1980 – 12/05/2017

The Knox Basketball community is deeply saddened by the passing of Alicia Lawson and offer its condolences to her family and friends. Alicia passed away at home on May 12, 2017 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Alicia has been a fantastic contributor to basketball in Knox and surrounding associations following an involvement spanning over thirty years.

Having played basketball at Knox with both the Ferntree Gully Falcons and Scoresby Scorpions from a young age, Alicia’s passion for the game only continued to grow.  After being coached by some of the best in the business including Dennis Smith, Gayle Williams and her father Andrew Lawson, Alicia later moved into coaching juniors for both the Ferntree Gully Falcons and the Knox City Cougars.

In 1996, Alicia decided to take the step into officiating and joined the VBRA Knox Branch as an active referee where she later obtained her Level 1A.  Alicia was a permanent fixture for many years on the Saturday and Sunday rosters, until she retired in 2014.  Alicia was particularly fond of refereeing both the Under 8’s and Under 10’s competition, where she could help teach both players and fellow referees about her love for the game. Her favourite round of the season was without a doubt, the Under 8’s Encouragement Day.

Alicia later took up being a Statistician in the late 90’s, a role which she will most commonly be remembered for.  This led her to be involved in basketball at the elite level (both the WNBL and NBL) through her association with the Bulleen Boomers, Melbourne Boomers, Dandenong Ranges, Bendigo Spirit and the South Dragons.  The highlight of Alicia’s time as a technical official was in 2006 where she was appointed to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne

Alicia will forever be remembered for her contagious smile and willingness to help out at the drop of a hat.  As a sign of respect to both Alicia and her family, all members of the VBRA Knox Branch wore black arm bands in her memory last Saturday, including the Under 8s Encouragement Day.


A celebration for the life of Alicia Lawson will be held at the Federation Chapel, Lilydale Memorial Park, 126-128 Victoria Road, Lilydale on FRIDAY May 19, 2017 at 10:00am. As requested by Alicia please wear bright colours.