Barry started his basketball career as a player in 1952 carrying on through to 1992 (40 years). During this time and beyond he has been an avid administrator of basketball, totalling 51 years’ service. He has held numerous administrative positions including with Wellington YMCA Basketball, Wellington Basketball Association, NZ Men’s Basketball Council, sole administrator for the Boy’s Institute Basketball, he founded and administered the Central City Basketball League which was a sub Association to Wellington Basketball with over 100 Teams which he ran for 23 years.
Barry has worked as a Wellington Basketball Association Executive and then Chairman for several years. He formed and administered the ‘Centrals Club’ which had 14 teams in the Wellington Association. He was an executive member of the New Zealand Basketball Federation for 14 years. He initiated the formation of the NBL and was the League Commissioner for 7 years, Executive Member for 4 years and Chairman for 2 years.
He joined the Board of basketball New Zealand from 2007 to 2011 as well as being the Basketball New Zealand representative on the NBL Board from 2009-2011. He was also the NBL Disputes commissioner from 2011-2015. Barry is a life member of Basketball New Zealand and the Wellington Basketball Association and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Claire was an integral part of the Tall Blacks from 2007 through until 2014 in her role as strength and conditioning coach and team manager. She has also shared her knowledge and expertise of the strength and condition space with New Zealand age group players in the Talent Development Programme. Claire’s commitment to our players, coaches and administrators has contributed significantly to the strong position the Tall Blacks now find themselves in.
Claire sacrificed time at home with her family to travel with the Tall Blacks on overseas tours, at times being away for 10 weeks at a time. She took the team to 2 World Championships, 2 Olympic Qualifying events as well as a number of Continental events in between. On these trips Claire filled nearly every role, she was often referred to as the team manager, strength and conditioning coach, team phycologist, head if delegation as well as mother and mentor. Her attention to detail and intense focus ensured the team, from the players to the staff were always looked after.
Claire provided a key link between Basketball New Zealand and the Tall Blacks at a time where basketball was going through a period of instability and change. Despite these challenges, Claire remained positive and driven to deliver the best programme for our elite men’s players. Her efforts along with former Tall Blacks coach, Nenad Vucinic led to the establishment of many key international relationships that are still strong today. Those relationships have allowed the Tall Blacks to visit and play against some of the world’s basketball powerhouses including Turkey, Lithuania and Serbia.
Today, Claire is still involved in basketball as a strong supporter of the New Zealand Breakers.