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
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
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.