The sporting world needs more people like Ngaire Lee.

Her name is synonymous with Rotorua Basketball. She started playing when she was 18 and has been heavily involved ever since, in a multitude of ways.

For seven decades, Lee has played, coached and administrated the game she loves but at 88 years old she says this year will be her last.

This week she is as busy as ever, sorting out draws and processing the results during the New Zealand Secondary Schools Basketball Junior Zone 2 Tournament.


Even while being interviewed for this article, she was handling queries from coaches,