Sid Taylor AM (dec)

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Sid Taylor has had a long and distinguished career in basketball. He has been a lifetime contributor to basketball in NSW, Australia, and for the Australian Police Basketball Association. Significantly, his contributions to refereeing in Sydney and NSW over many years had a profound influence on the game by setting standards and pathways for others to follow.

As one of those who helped form the Australian Referee Associations, he was appointed National Rules interpreter in 1963 and held positions as Chairman of the Australian Basketball Union Technical and Referees Standards Committees. During his career as a referee, he was rated as the No 1 official in Australia. A FIBA qualified referee, he served as the Oceania Rules Interpreter and officiated at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and the 1974 World Men’s Basketball Championships.

FIBA awarded him the title of Honorary International Referee in 1975. A Life Member of the Referees Associations of Sydney, Basketball NSW, and Australia, as well as the Sydney, NSW and Australian Basketball Associations, he has been recognised for his many years of outstanding service to the game. Sid Taylor is a member of the Basketball Australia Hall of Fame and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal and the AM for services to basketball.

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