Greg Love is one of Australian basketball’s unsung heroes. In 1958, at the age of 17, Love began a 42-year career as a referee that encompassed both able-bodied and wheelchair basketball. During that time, he controlled 20 National Championship games in various divisions, as well as a number of men’s and women’s Australian Club Championships. He was a senior referee in both the NBL and WNBL in the founding days of those leagues.
From 1985, Greg also directed his energies towards wheelchair basketball, controlling three Gold medal matches as well as serving as Senior Referee at the 1998 Gold Cup and 2000 Paralympics, both held in Sydney. He has served as Vice-President of the IWBF (International Wheelchair Basketball Federation) and is currently the Secretary-General of the Asia-Oceania region for that body. He is a Life Member of Australia’s National Wheelchair Basketball League.
His greatest contribution has been in the areas of teaching, training and assessing referees. Using his professional experience as a training provider, Greg has developed many of the courses and methods by which our game’s officials have been brought up to national and international standards. Most officials who control games today owe their jobs to the work of people like Greg Love. For his work within and outside the basketball community, Greg Love is welcomed into the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame.