Wayne Rogers has given 40 years of service to basketball in New Zealand.
Rodgers comes from the Mid Canterbury Basketball Association where he began his involvement in the sport in 1977, playing miniball for St Joseph’s School in Ashburton. He then moved in to coaching, a decision initially inspired by his own children’s involvement in the game.
Rodgers filled nearly every coaching role in the Mid Canterbury region. He coached primary school teams, representative teams, led Basketball New Zealand Cluster Camps and went on to manage New Zealand age group teams.
Rodgers has coached nearly every Mid Canterbury rep team. His work as a coach and coach trainer has led to a constant stream of quality players in the region, many of which have gone on to earn selection in the Canterbury teams that compete at Nationals.
In 2011, Rodgers became a committee member for Mid Canterbury before being elected President at the end of that year, a role he still fills today. In 2012 he was nominated for Mid Canterbury Sportsman of the Year for Administration, an award he won in 2015. He was also recognised at the Mid Canterbury Sports Awards for his volunteer services to basketball. In 2017 he won the McGrath Trophy for services to Mid Canterbury Basketball.