Les Gough commenced playing basketball at the Sydney YMCA and in 1963 became NSW State Secretary. He made outstanding contributions early, as at a very young age he became Secretary of the Eastern Suburbs ABA, Secretary of the Sydney Basketball Referees Association, and the Secretary of the NSW Basketball Referees Association.
Les served on the State Junior Men’s Committee and was a selector. However, it was as a referee that he would have the most recognition in NSW and Australia. A NSW referee badge holder from 1959, he gained his Australian Badge in 1962 and in 1964 gained his FIBA badge. Using these qualifications and his undeniable talent, Les established himself as a highly skilled and dedicated adjudicator in the Sydney and NSW competitions.
Subsequently, Les refereed at Australian Junior, Senior Men, and Senior Women’s Australian Championships. As he held his FIBA badge for over 10 years, he holds an honorary FIBA Referees award. A Rules Interpreter at Australian Championships and holding the rank of Number 1 referee in NSW for 12 years from 1964 to 1976, he clearly demonstrated his skills as the best referee in NSW and one of the best in Australia. His great abilities in refereeing were recognised when he was chosen to represent Australia at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the 1971 World Women’s Championships. He is a life member of the NSW Basketball Referees Association.