Hall of Fame Inductee
Bruce Fitzgerald learnt his basketball at Hendra State High School under respected coach and history teacher, Barbara Kaus. His game was polished by the late, great coach Vince Hickey (QBHF 2014).
Bruce represented Metropolitan Zone as a junior under 16 in 1969, and under 18 in 1970 and 1971. He gained selection in Queensland under-age teams in 1969 and 1971. He represented Brisbane in state senior men’s championships in 1971, 1975, 1978 and 1979, and gained selection in the Queensland senior men’s team which contested the 1976 Australian championships. At this championship Bruce was selected in the Australian squad for the 1976 Olympic Games but did not make the final team.
In 1979, Bruce was selected as captain of the inaugural Brisbane Bullets NBL team which finished with a winning record in that year. He again captained the Bullets in 1980 and was selected for a third year with the Bullets in 1981. Bruce married Dianne Bolton and they have two children, Kate and John, both of whom played basketball. John played in the QBL for several years.
On taking up residence on the Sunshine Coast, Bruce Fitzgerald continued playing for several years, imparting his expertise to the game. Bruce is a secondary school teacher and has been heavily involved in the creation and conduct of interschool basketball competitions. He has continued contributing his vast basketball knowledge, organising competitions and coaching at Sunshine Coast secondary schools for more than 30-years.