Basketball honour for Pauline

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It was an informal gathering, rather than the glitzy affair originally lined up, but Pauline Paterson was beaming from ear to ear when presented with her life membership award from Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) on Sunday in Ashburton.
BBNZ board member Greg Williamson, Tall Blacks Alex Pledger and Shea Ili, who ran a skills clinic in town the same day, and Basketball Mid Canterbury representatives were on hand to congratulate her.
In May, Mrs Paterson received a long service award for 50 years of loyal service to the game at the formal BBNZ annual awards ceremony in Wellington, but fell ill shortly before the presentation of her life membership award.
She received similar life membership recognition from Wheelchair Basketball New Zealand in 2011.
Pauline Paterson’s love of basketball began as a schoolgirl player at Aranui High School in the mid 1960s.
She later stepped off the court to take on roles that have included coach, referee, tour manager, treasurer and secretary.
There have also been tournament administrator and director duties and board member roles for the basketball stalwart, who has received a number of awards for her commitment to the game.
Last August Mrs Paterson was the event manager of the final game of the basketball Tri series between the Tall Ferns and Japan played here at EA Networks Centre.
Photo: Pauline Paterson, pictured with BBNZ board member Greg Williamson, Basketball Mid Canterbury president Wayne Rodgers and Tall Blacks Alex Pledger and Shea Ili. (Photo: ashburtononline)