When Keith Da Silva moved to Canberra in 1979 to take up employment at the Australian Bureau of Statistics he needed not look far to find a basketball team, with Stats Rats dominating both the ABS computer room and the capital’s courts.

Keith started his Rats career in Div 5, sharing Best Player honours in his first season, before quickly progressing through the playing ranks to Div 1 alongside future Canberra Cannons Jamie Kennedy and Simon Cotterell. He played three seasons in Div 1, later to add three consecutive Div 2 premierships to his resume.

Beyond his impressive playing feats, Keith was a committee member and was instrumental in the club’s early development as a coach and selector. He coached both men’s and women’s Rats teams before moving to junior coaching roles from 2000.

After a brief stint away from the club, he returned to Rats ranks, leading various junior teams to success, including an U12 boys premiership in 2012 and runners up in 2019.

Keith’s daughter Kate also played with the club over several seasons in Prem, continuing the Da Silva association with Rats that extends 40 years.

Keith was one of seven inaugural Life Members of our club recognised in 2008, inducted alongside Milton Valentine with whom he shared that best player honour in Rats Div 5 almost 30 years prior.

An immense contribution. Thank you Keith! #ratforlife