Claude Williams is a certified ‘Black Diamond’ of Aboriginal sport in Australia, having played first-division rugby league and basketball for New South Wales. Born in Camperdown, New South Wales in 1952, Claude played 12 games on the wing for South Sydney in 1972-73. After switching codes he went on to represent New South Wales in basketball in 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1981.
A successful coaching career followed and in 1986-87 Claude was assistant coach of the Sydney Supersonics, followed by a year as coach of the Sydney Kings. In 1989-90 he went on to become assistant coach of the Newcastle Falcons.
Claude is the event co-ordinator of the National Indigenous 3on3 Basketball and Hip Hop Challenge (Vibe 3on3®), a two-day youth festival. Vibe 3on3® incorporates basketball, music, dancing, art, culture and health and travels to Aboriginal communities around Australia.
Claude also presents the award-winning weekly radio program The Sweet Science, which focuses on Indigenous boxing history, as well as current news and views. Claude presents expert analysis, regional reports, special guest interviews and historical biography pieces on great Aboriginal and other Australian and international boxers.
The program recently won the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Award for Contribution to Indigenous Broadcasting. Hear Claude on The Sweet Science on Koori Radio 93.7FM, from 6pm to 8pm on Mondays. It’s broadcast on the National Indigenous Radio Service and streamed on www.gadigal.org.au.