Robert Lunardon was the younger brother of a former SBA President Steven Lunardon. For many years Robert was an active and talented participant in the game we all know and love, both in the domestic competition as a player and referee, and on Friday nights for the Sabres.
Robert began playing basketball at around the age of 10 and had always loved the game. He showed potential and had been selected to attend several talent identification camps through Basketball Victoria.
However, despite playing and training several times a week, Robert always appeared fatigued and showed lethargy; something was not quite right. Check-ups with doctors revealed that he had cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that affects approximately 1 in 500 people. In extreme cases it is now treated by heart transplant.
Robert had also just commenced year 12 at St. Bedes in Mentone and was interested in graphics, particularly architecture.