Some of the state’s best players were from the Orange Schoolboys Association and Peter Yeend was a founding father. Orange was the first of its type to gain State Affiliation.
Representing organisations was in Peter’s nature and he had the chance put on the Orange jersey from 1954 to 1956. Peter’s enthusiasm made him one of three Orange officials to gain a State Referee Badge.
Peter was very approachable and that led to him becoming a State Convenor. With organisation skills and ability to meet deadlines, Peter organised tours to the Australian Under 18 Championships which were held in Sydney (1957).
Peter had one thing on his mind; getting Independent schools interested in the game of basketball. He was successful in this assignment. To this day, as you approach the schools, it’s evident that his hard work paid off. SAS and AAGPS systems now compete annually for the Peter Yeend trophy.
Peter felt that it made sense to organise for American schools and college teams to come to Australia. In 1970, over 100 American schools and college teams visited NSW and Australia in 1973.
It was in 1977 that Peter was re-appointed as Convenor (Secretary) of the State’s Junior Men’s basketball. Being so good with the young generation permitted him to pick up roles with the Executive of the National Junior Council, as well as Junior Secretary of City of Sydney Basketball.
The history of the game is well looked after in our state thanks to Peter. In his later years, he became a primary writer and contributor/ researcher for the book ‘The History of Basketball in NSW 1938 to 1988.’
He was an Executive in the National Junior Council and was awarded BNSW Life membership in 1982.