Welcome to Dillon Boucher's Page

Dillon Boucher plays by a motto - “to be successful, you must first overcome your hardest opponent – yourself” He has obviously done this, as he has had a very successful career - 2 World Championships, Olympic games, Commonwealth Games, Goodwill Games and many national titles!

Dillon Boucher (born Dec 27,1975 in Bell Block, New Plymouth) has played basketball most of his life. It started with a few playful games in the back yard with his older brothers, and (as he has just announced his retirement from international basketball) has ended in 100+ games for the New Zealand Tall Blacks.

Dillon’s face became most familiar to NZ when the Tall Blacks were splashed across our media in 2002, after finishing 4th at the World Championships. This was a major feat for the Tall Blacks in a global sport, where they defeated powerhouses in International Basketball. This eventually gave Dillon the honour of accepting the overall Halberg Award for best sporting achievement that year. In his international career he has also won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, and been part of the team who have made NZ records with wins over teams never before beaten by NZ.

As well as International success, Dillon has also had success in club teams in both the New Zealand Basketball League and the Australian Basketball League. Dillon is the record holder for the most NZ NBL Titles having won 8 in his 15-year career. Last year Dillon along with his Australian Basketball League team the Brisbane Bullets broke many league records and then eventually finished winning the championship. This made Dillon the first New Zealander to win an Australian Basketball league title. He is currently in playoffs for the ANBL trying to defend their title. Dillon has also played two seasons with the NZ Breakers and a season with the Perth Wildcats.

Dillon is a very active person. He enjoys most sports - both playing and watching. When he was younger he represented Taranaki in various sports (even coming 2nd in his age group in NZ for BMX), before being plucked by Tab Baldwin to play for the Auckland Stars. From there Dillon grew in leaps and bounds before becoming the competitive, intelligent player he is today.

Dillon presently spends half of his year in Brisbane and the other half at his home with his wife and two young children in South Auckland. This year he will be playing for the Auckland Stars again looking for Title number 9, and then heading back to Brisbane again for another season with the Brisbane Bullets.  

4th April 2008 - Melville Intermediate launched KOB with Dillion Bouchers (Tall Black - Breakers) Mohamad Tajeran (round the world cyclist) MP Martin Gallagher, Councellor Daphne Bell and international singer Ash Puriri.  What a fun time!  Dillion and Martin presented each kid with their bike, helmet and gear, while Ash played the piano and sang. Mohamad shared some of his experiences as a lone cyclist travelling around the world then planted a tree at Melville to comemorate his visit there. First, Second and Third prizes were presented to the kids who had entered Writing and Bike Design competitions then Dillion and Tanya from Cycle Addiction presented one of the students in the draw with a brand new cycle compliments of Cycle Addiction. WOW!
 
A range of Classic Cars, compliments of the Hot Rod Club and Ebbert Holden plus Harley Davidson Motorbikes  were parked in in the grounds for the kids to view plus Team Kiwi had their racing car displayed along with Bill Wards Monster Dragster that he raced on the Salt Lake where Burt Munro broke records with his Indian motor cycle. The Melville Intermediate school was alive with all forms of wheel transport even wheel barrows, skate boards decorated for the occassion.

 

 

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