Australian Olympic basketball legend, Phil Smyth made a welcome visit to the Gerflor showroom to share some of his memorable moments in a sport that netted him a string of records. Phil competed at the 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics and is a six time NBL All Star. He had the honor of captaining the Australian team more times than any other player.
Today Phil continues to work with basketball and a range of other sports coaching in sport specific and broader life skills. He has intimate knowledge of the Connor maple court systems that also boast Olympic credentials and dominate the American basketball scene. Gerflor is now marketing the full Connor range to the Australian market.
“The significance of flooring to me in basketball was the ability to play on the best floors in the world to minimise injuries and give me longevity in the game. The Connor floors were certainly the best floors I ever played on,” Phil, AKA The General, said.
In 1988 Phil was awarded Member of the Order of Australia for services to basketball. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of Australian Basketball, NBL, Sport Australia, SA Sport and ACT Sport.
“Gerflor has a long proud Olympic history with both its Taraflex and Connor products so it was great to welcome Phil to our showroom where he met a lot of our team who play basketball or have children who are involved in the sport. It’s not every day you get to try on an Olympic blazer or handle a diamond encrusted gold ring specially made for an Olympic champion,” Gerflor’s National Sport Manager, Paul Tofful said.
Pictured: Olympic basketball legend Phil Smyth (centre) with MD Gerflor Australasia, Chris Low (left) and National Sport Manager, Paul Tofful (right).