Robert Staunton OAM (dec)


Bob Staunton was renowned throughout Australia as a pioneering administrator with a great work ethic, passion, and for a meticulous record keeping. He was a major force in YMCA basketball, held the position of NSW secretary for 19 years and refereed Australian junior championships for 5 years. His early passion was for junior basketball and he managed many NSW State junior teams. He was National Junior Secretary of the ABF from 1966-77, national Men’s team manager 1971-80 and managed the Australian Men’s team at the Montreal (1976) and Moscow (1980) Olympics. In his role as the Secretary of the ABF and then BA he was instrumental in establishing the Australian Junior Championships, the AIS basketball program, and the National Youth teams. Bob was a member of the FIBA technical Commission and is a Life member of Sydney YMCA, City of Sydney Basketball, BNSW and Basketball Australia. He was awarded an OAM in 1987 and is a member of the BA Hall of Fame.

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