John Martin is synonymous with refereeing in NSW and Australia. Nevertheless, his early contributions to country basketball and Shoalhaven basketball as an administrator are legendary. He went on to officiate at NSW and Australian Championships for many years.
John served as President and Vice President of the NSW Referees Association, was an NBL referee for 6 years, and was awarded the Don Hutton Memorial Medal for Refereeing at National Championships. Among other positions held, John has been co-editor of the Basketball Australia Rule Book, Chairman of the Basketball Australia Technical Commission and Chairman of the Basketball Australia Score-Table Committee.
Internationally, he made substantial contributions to Australian and FIBA basketball. He was a delegate to the World Men’s Championships in 1990, a member of the organising Committee for the 1994 World Women’s Championships, Technical Commissioner at the 1997 World Under 20’s Men’s Championships, the 1998 World Women’s Championship and the 1998 World Wheelchair Championships. He was a member of the advisory and Technical Committees for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, and Technical Director for the 2009 World Masters Games. As the first FIBA accredited international referee instructor and examiner in Australia he conducted many clinics in the Oceania Region.
A Life Member of the Barrengarry Conference, Shoalhaven Association, BNSW, and BA, he has been widely recognised for a lifetime of excellence, teaching, and skill for his contributions to basketball in Australia. In 2010, John Martin was awarded the FIBA Radomer Shaper Award for Contribution to the Rules of Basketball.