Basketball Australia’s Hall of Famer, and the Basketball Officials SA’s first ever Platinum League inductee, Greg Love, has officially retired from his significant and inspirational involvement in our great sport.
At the young age of 17, Greg Love entered the big basketball world as a referee. Since then, Love has managed to create an incredible list of achievements across both able-bodied and wheelchair basketball:
· National Championship Referees’ Commissioner from 1960
· Secretary of the Australian Basketball Referees Association –1964-1983
· Wrote and implemented the course manual for first ABRA National Referee’s Level One Course, and maintained the manual through four editions –1969
· Active FIBA Referee for 20 years from 1970-1990
· Referee Life Member –1980
· Basketball SA ‘300 Club’ - 1983
· Secretary of Basketball Australia Referees Commission –1983-1992
· Designed and implemented the National Referee’s Development Program in 1986 and lead the program until 1992.
· Designed and implemented the Referee’s Evaluation (Coaches) Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 from –1995 through to 1999
· Referees Commission, Chairman of Referee Coaches Committee – 1990-1999
· National Referees Selector – 1983 - Present
· Has been involved as referee, referee coach and administrator for wheelchair basketball in Australia and internationally.
His career has seen him step on to both national and international courts gaining the respect of the basketball community with his ability, enthusiasm, patience, and hard work.
The passionate referee was a senior referee in both the NBL and WNBL which at the time were both in their founding days. Additionally, Greg over his 42-year career as a referee, controlled 20 National Championship games as well as a number of both men’s and women’s Australian Club Championships.
Again demonstrating his utter love for the sport in each and every way, Greg decided to focus the majority of his time and effort on wheelchair basketball. As a senior referee, Greg attended the 1998 Gold Cup and 2000 Paralympics where he also controlled three Gold Medal matches.
His dedication to the progression of wheelchair basketball warranted his position as Vice-President of the IWBF (International Wheelchair Basketball Federation) and also his role as the Secretary-General of the Asia-Oceanian region for that body.
Not surprisingly, Greg is also a Life Member of Australia’s National Wheelchair Basketball League.
Throughout his lengthy service to our sport, Greg Love was admired most for his contribution to teaching and supporting future generations through his unquestionable desire and commitment to share his extensive knowledge.
“He was always able to provide the exact feedback I needed on any night, be it something to work on, challenging me to work harder or to look at the game from a different perspective, and that was his strength.”
“Greg has been the single biggest influence on my officiating career and I can proudly say that he is a big reason I have been able to enjoy the successes I have.”
Phil Haines, one of our own South Australian referees, was honoured with the appointment to the 2016 Women's Gold medal basketball game at the Paralympics in Rio last year.
“He has donated so much time to not only me but thousands of basketball referees over the world to help them understand the game of basketball and the fundamentals of being a great official.”
“His passion for the game and officiating in particular was second to none.”
Greg was not only a mentor to individuals and groups alike, but he also developed many of the courses and manuals used by Basketball Australia to ensure that referees were consistently up to national and international standards.
Just like the majority of the officiating community within our sport, Phil Haines treasures Greg Love as more than just a teacher.
“I regard Greg as a friend, colleague and even to this day a mentor.”
Basketball SA would like to take this opportunity to thank Greg for the significant positive impact he has made to make our great sport even greater. Greg will still be involved in Men’s wheelchair basketball, but will otherwise retire his involvement in basketball.
We wish him all the best for his retirement of which he plans to spend with his family.