In memory of Ross Williams.

In memory of Ross Williams.
Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Ross Williams. 

Ross was a former coach of the New Zealand representative teams, a distinguished referee and a long-time administrator of our sport. Ross gave a great deal to the growth of the game in this country, working hard for the community to offer better opportunities to the players and families of players within New Zealand.

Ross was a Life Member of Basketball New Zealand and was recently recognised by the basketball community when he was awarded the Zena B Gay Award for his notable contribution to Women’s Basketball.

A great man with a big heart! Rest in Peace Ross Williams. 

 
He qualified as a referee in both the New Zealand men’s and women’s Referees’ Associations during the 1960’s and was an active Grade One referee in BRANZ following the merger to a single Referees’ Association.
1971: a Referee Examiner for the NZMBRA at the time BRANZ was formed.
1972: appointed an Examination Co-ordinator for the new BRANZ, having responsibility for arranging and concluding practical examinations for candidates in his area up to Regional referee level.
1986 to 1991: BRANZ Secretary/Treasurer
1987-1996 Executive Director of NZBF (replaced Joe McLeod)
Long time coach Avondale SS Girls - regulars at National Finals).
Ross played basketball in Auckland from 1957 to 1968. 
took up the role of coach for the Auckland Women’s team, which he did for many years.  
He was also the Secretary and Treasurer to the Western Suburbs Basketball League for 21 years. 
In 1971 he coached the New Caledonia Men’s and Women’s National Teams at the South Pacific Games in Tahiti
He coached and selected many New Zealand and North Island A and B women’s teams from the late 1970’s into the early 1980’s
Was also the President of Auckland Women’s Basketball Association for more than 30 years. 
In 1985 Ross was the very first recipient of the Sir Lance Cross Memorial
In the same year was appointed as Executive Officer for the New Zealand Basketball Federation
In 1987 Ross Organised the Oceania Qualifying Tournament and it was also the year that the New Zealand men’s and women’s teams toured the USA on funds raised by Ross back in 1979. 
In 1989, Ross was appointed the NZ representative at the FIBA Oceania Congress. 
Ross was Commissioner to the National Basketball League, Chef de Mission, Secretary and Treasurer of BRANZ and administrator at a local, regional and national level. 
In 1991 Ross was Coach of the New Zealand Women’s Team (Men and Women) Divisional Tour to New Caledonia and Vanuatu
Ross, was awarded Life Member of Basketball New Zealand in 1997.
In 2005 Ross was awarded an Auckland City Council Sporting excellence Award for Basketball
In 2017 Ross was awarded the Zena B Gay Award for his notable contribution to Women’s Basketball

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