Written by Jaylee Ismay
15 October, 2019

Highly regarded and former National Basketball League referee, Steve Bignell is the latest to be inducted into the 2019 Basketball New South Wales Hall of Fame. 

Steve began his officiating journey at the Australian Junior Championships during the late seventies. His first AJC was in 1978 in which he officiated the U14 Boys tournament and then went onto officiate the U18 Girls in 1980, U16 Girls in 1981, Women’s Club in 1982 & 1983 and the U18 Boys in 1985.  

Following his efforts at the Australian Junior Championships, he was awarded his Australian Referee Badge in 1981 and gained his FIBA badge in 1986.

Steve’s first game as an official National Basketball League referee was on the 13th of February, 1983 when he officiated the match between the Adelaide 36ers and the Bankstown Bruins at Bankstown. 

During his decorated 28-year career as an NBL Official, Steve is one of just six referees in NBL history to surpass the incredible 600-game mark, totaling 606 matches. 

Since retiring from refereeing in 2008, Steve has undertaken a Master’s degree and has taken up teaching mathematics full-time at a high school in Ballina, NSW.

Steve has generously given a lot of service to the NBL and to the basketball community, and has left his mark on the game in such a positive way his induction into the 2019 Basketball New South Wales Hall of Fame is no surprise considering his unwavering dedication to the sport.

2019 Hall of Fame
Date: 2nd November, 2019 
Time: 6.30pm for a 7:00pm Start 
Location: Rydges Mount Panorama Bathurst, 1 Conrod Straight, Bathurst NSW 2795

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 HOF or to purchase a table, please contact Elyse Hicks via email