Jeff Olsen has given a remarkable 50 years’ service to Harbour Basketball.
He was one of the founding members of Harbour Basketball upon its incorporation in 1972, although his involvement on the board controlling North Shore basketball dates back to 1967.
Jeff began playing basketball at Westlake Boys in the ‘60s and went on to represent Harbour before turning his attention to coaching.
A past president of the NZ basketball Coaches Association he guided the Harbour U20 Men’s team to the national title in 1974 – Harbour’s first National Championship.
He has served as president, secretary and treasurer during his extensive time on the Harbour Board and helped draft the new constitution in 1998.
Jeff also served on the BBNZ board (1978-1991) and the North Shore Events Centre board (1992-2018).
He is a Life Member of Harbour Basketball and in 1993 he was recognised by North Harbour Sport for his services to Harbour basketball. In 1999 he received the Sir Lance Cross Award for services to basketball and in 2014 he became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Public Service and Sport.
“His wealth of knowledge and dedication to Harbour Basketball has been invaluable and he is a worthy recipient of this award,” said Harbour Basketball CEO John Hunt.