Brydon Harvey was a coach, player, selector, administrator, and was a basketball journalist for 50 years, but he is most well-known for his 64 years of refereeing. Brydon spent 20 years on the executive of the Nelson Basketball Association. He was the first and only New Zealander to have refereed at two Olympics; 1956 in Melbourne and 1960 in Rome. He also represented New Zealand at the FIBA conference in Melbourne and Rome. In 1984, Harvey was awarded the New Zealand Basketball Federation Reporter of the Year. In 1989, Harvey was inducted as a Life Member of the Basketball Referees Association of New Zealand. He also received the Sir Lance Cross Award in 1990 and was awarded an MBE in 1984.
His daughter Hilary Carr received the award on behalf of her father.