Nominations Open For 2024 BBNZ Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2024 Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) Awards.

The BBNZ Awards are an annual event which acknowledges and celebrates basketball in Aotearoa; acknowledging players, coaches, officials and volunteers for their achievements – either for the 2023 calendar year and celebrating those who have contributed to their communities over an extended period.

This is an important chance for members of our basketball community – many who have given so tirelessly to the sport over the years – to be recognised in front of their peers, friends and family.


2024 Nominations

Nominations are open from now until 1 March 2024, in the following categories:

Tier 1: Legends

Tier 2: BBNZ Hall of Fame and exceptional services to basketball awards

Tier 3: Annual awards for service and those currently involved in the game

Tier 4: Long Service and Star Award

Member Associations can nominate people for some of these awards, while other awards are proposed by BBNZ, National Coaches or are selected from past recipients of other awards. To find out more and to cast a nomination, go to:

If you believe there is someone in your basketball community who should be nominated for an award, then please talk to your local basketball association.


The list of awards include:

  • Legend Award
  • Hall of Fame
  • Sir Lance Cross Award (for Exceptional Services to basketball)
  • Zena Gay Award (for notable contribution to women’s basketball)
  • Murray McMahon Award (for notable contribution to men’s basketball)
  • Male Player of the Year
  • Female Player of the Year
  • Most Valuable Player
  • Carolyn Grey Award for Female Coach of the Year
  • Keith Mair Award for Male Coach of the Year
  • Lance McLoughlin Trophy for Female Junior Player of the Year
  • Ambassadors Trophy for Male Junior Player of the Year
  • Community Partnership Award
  • Community Innovation Award
  • Cedric Cudby Volunteer Award
  • Young Official of the Year
  • Services to Coaching Award
  • Ian Goodwin Services to Officiating
  • Long Service Awards
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Life Membership
  • Star Award


BBNZ Awards Night

The successful award winners will be formally announced at the BBNZ Awards night, to be held on 4 May 2024.  The venue for the BBNZ Awards dinner will be announced soon, alongside information on purchasing tickets to this event.