Basketball trophy, the first won by Bul Ayuel Bulkoch in Melbourne in 1999 through the Albert Park Junior Basketball Association. Bul arrived in Melbourne at the age of 13 as a Sudanese refugee in October 1996. Basketball provided him with a way to join in and make friends in a new community.

Bul Bulkoch was born in southern Sudan in 1983 in the same year the war in Sudan began. Bul and his family fled Sudan trekking through Ethiopia, back to Sudan and finally to Kenya, residing in refugee camps until finally successfully gaining acceptance to Australia as refugees. Bul was 13 when he arrived in Australia in 1996 with his parents, younger sister and brothers. When he arrived at Melbourne International Airport, he had only the clothes he was wearing. As an Australian teenager, Bul played basketball, made many friends, and completed his secondary education at Footscray City College. He went on to complete his university engineering degree and now works for Rio Tinto in Western Australia as a mining engineer and planner.

Physical Description

Basketball trophy, base made from varnished block of wood. Plastic gold figure of man holding basketball aloft on the top. Front of base has decorative relief motif, lower base has label attached.

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