Donnette Daly (Hawke’s Bay) | 2019

In 1986, Daly was the first women to gain the FIBA referee qualification (and is still only one of two to achieve the FIBA badge). From 1986 to 1997 she refereed 225 games in the Men’s NBL, including three finals.

Internationally, Daly refereed at the William Jones Cup in Taiwan in 1987 and attended the 1994 FIBA Women’s World Championships in Adelaide.

She was a key part of the first New Zealand Basketball Federation Referees’ Commission, which was formed in 1996, and became a referee trainer in 1997.