The end of the 2016/17 season marked the retirement of Archie McKechnie- the man behind Panthers.
Having always had a passion for the sport and feeling that the local area lacked opportunities in basketball, Archie decided to create his own club: Portlethen Community Basketball Club. Originally, the club was relatively small, having thirty-six members. However, as time has progressed, the club has developed significantly.
Archie is well known throughout the basketball community- having been a key figure, not only at Panthers, for over ten years now. He is not only a treasured coach and referee, but is a well-respected man.
At the 2016/17 annual awards night, a new award was unveiled. In honour of Archie and his dedication to refereeing, an award for officials was created. The purpose of this award is to recognise local referees and table officials who have facilitated games throughout the season.
On the 6th of August, the club’s first Texas Scramble golf tournament was held to celebrate Archie’s dedication to basketball and his love for golf. The tournament is set to be an annual event, open to all.
As a mark of thanks, Archie has been named the club’s honorary life president.
Everyone from Panthers- past and present- wishes Archie a happy, peaceful retirement.