Inductee Information
Name Russ Roney
Inducted 2013
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Coach, Administrator, Referee, Clinician 
Russ Roney is a basketball legend in the Westman region. His years of involvement as a player, coach, administrator, volunteer, and official began in 1955 when he coached the Brandon Y Queens.

His real mark was in the area of officiating, as he spent 43 years (1946-89) as a basketball referee in southwestern Manitoba. In 1968, he founded the Westman Basketball Officials Association and was a member of the International Association of Basketball Officials (IABO) for 22 years.

In addition to this, he acted as the Westman officials assignor and head clinician from 1968 to 1989. He officiated at many of the biggest CIAU/CIS and high school games in and around Brandon for many years.

In 1984 he was presented with the prestigious J.A. 'Wink' Willox Award of Merit for this longtime contribution to basketball officiating in Canada. In 1996 he was recognized by the Manitoba High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) with a Certificate of Recognition for his contributions to high school sport.

Russ has also been very active in the Mike Spack Youth League in Brandon, the Brandon YMCA, and the Royal Canadian Legion.

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