Ipswich Basketball Club is proud to announce that we have re-named our 'Tomcat of the Year' award, which is presented every year at our presentation evening, the Lee Linton-Hodges Award, following Lee's retirement from National League last week.
The Tomcat of the Year Award, which was launched in 2007, is an award given to a male club member who represents the Ipswich Basketball Culture both on and off the court. It can be awarded to a player who has achieved great things, someone who goes above and beyond off the court, someone who has dealt with extreme adversity or in general, someone who is a great ambassador for what Ipswich Basketball is all about.
IBC have already renamed the female equivalent 'Bobcat of the Year' award the Kathryn James Award, in honour of Kathryn's amazing contribution to the club from 2005 to 2018.
Lee played for the club in nine seasons between 2004 to 2021. He was the boys programme's first England and Great Britain International and propelled the junior and senior programme to unimaginable success and has been described by club Head Coach Nick Drane as "my first great player".
Lee and Coach Drane share a special relationship, having been through a great deal both on and off the court - with Nick speaking at Lee and Amy's wedding in 2022. Coach Drane, on the announcement of this news, said "Lee is arguably the most important player I've coached as he put us all on the map. Lee is also one of the best people you will ever meet, one of my closest friends and someone who stands for everything that is good about Ipswich Basketball Club."