Life Members

Mr Willie Bryant

Willie has been involved in basketball for 42 years in a variety of roles. He was nominated by Wendy Workman for the tireless work he has done for the Association by coaching, refereeing, teaching referees and his work in the overall running of the PNBA for many years.

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Mr Bill Hay

Bill Hay has been inducted as a Life Member of the Palmerston North Basketball Association at the 2011 AGM held at Sport Manawatu. Bill has been instrumental in making the Palmerston North Basketball Association the success it is today.

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Mr Grant Leckie - Deceased

Grant was a referee within the PNBA for a number of years and lived opposite the Pascal Street Stadium. more -->

Mr Ron Strange

Started with Basketball in 1947 playing for Wellington. Posted to Ohakea and played for Palmerston North. Captained the B Division Tournament team selected by Bill Cronin. Posted to Auckland and played for Auckland at National Champs in Hamilton and selected for the tourament team and NI Team. Posted to ChCh. Played one game for Canterbury and also made RNZAF team. Posted back to Ohakea and played for Palm Nth in Dunedin and selected for tournament team and NI Team. Coached and started, with Ray McBain and Bill Clark, Friday night Junior League at which 700 secondary school children took part. At the same time the Chinese Youth Club were keen to have me coach their children.  Played club basketball for Manhatton Maulers and won the local competition for many years. Coached my sons team Lakers and my daughters team Cavaliers. Took the womens Rep team to Hamilton and won NZ Champs 2nd Div. Helped Ray McBain coach the mens Rep team and at the same time coached Massey. Became selector/coach for the NZ Universities teams. more -->

Ms Dot McLean - Deceased

Dot was inducted as a life member on October 20, 2005 at our Volunteer function held at Capers Cafe. Dot became involved with Basketball when working for the Palmerston North YMCA, refereeing many games both here and throughout the country and a vast aray of tournaments.

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Mrs Wendy Workman - Patron

Wendy was inducted as a life member at our volunteers function on October 20, 2005 held at Capers Cafe. Wendy still plays basketball for the Cheetahs team and has been a past President of the PNBA. Wendy also has skills when it comes to running tournaments and working on the score bench.

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Mrs Bev Page

Bev was inducted as a life member on October 20 2005 at our volunteer function held at Capers Cafe. Bev has been invloved in basketball since the early 70's and is one of the local referee trainers and referee evaluators of the NBL referees. more -->

Mr John O'Connor

John was inducted as a life member on September 21 2006 at the PNBA's prize giving and volunteer thank you function held at the Marist Clubrooms.  John was the Treasurer for the PNBA for many years and was in charge of stats fo Jets games for a number of years with help from his wife and family. more -->

Mr Joe Frost

Joe was inducted as a life member on September 21 2006 at the PNBA's prize giving and volunteer thank you function held at the Marist club rooms. Joe has been the Coach of the Palmerston North Boys High School Premier team and won the Secondary School Nationals twice back in the early 1990's. more -->

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