Greg Hire (3×3 basketball) was part of Australia’s first 3×3 Commonwealth Games men’s team that went down to host nation England 17-16 in an overtime thriller in front of a parochial crowd in Birmingham. Growing up around domestic violence, drugs, alcohol and mental illness, the son of Hungarian immigrants picked up his first basketball during a course of occupational therapy where he had to learn to dribble and catch. Earning himself a US college scholarship to Miles City Community College in Montana and later Augusta State University, Hire signed a contract with State Basketball League side Wanneroo Wolves in 2010 (where he earned the nickname the Mayor of Wanneroo) after returning to Perth. Earning a development contract with the Perth Wildcats, Hire became a fully contracted player with the franchise in season 2011-12. Elevated into the leadership group in his second season and invited to attend the 2013 Australian Boomers training camp, Hire retired from the NBL in 2019 as a four-time champion, 2014 grand final Most Valuable Player, vice-captain and 243-gamer. Turning to 3×3 basketball, Hire became a member of Australia’s 2019 and 2022 FIBA Asian Cup 3×3 gold-medal winning teams, as well as the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup team which finished 10th. Outside of basketball, Hire is an Athlete Wellbeing and Engagement Adviser at the Western Australian Institute of Sport and the founder of A Stitch in Time, a not-for-profit agency that provides youth with mental health support and mentoring. He married long-term partner Ainsleigh Sanders in 2014 and the couple has two children.
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