William Ritchie







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William Ritchie



Bill Ritchie is a throw-back to another era - that of the all-round athlete.He starred in rugby, basketball, baseball, and tennis in school and at St. Francis Xavier University.For these accomplishments he has been previously and appropriately honoured. He has served as Chairman or member of Sport Task Forces and Commissions, Provincial Supervisor of School Physical education, and as executive-director of the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association. But his greatest contribution to New Brunswick sport has been as a builder of basketball - as an official, author, clinician, examiner, and as a Provincial, Regional and National Executive.He is the only New Brunswicker who has received every major honour that his sport of basketball can confer upon him. Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 7, 1986

Quick Facts

  • Served as a basketball official for 22 years, from 1950-72 

  • Formed NB Association of Approved Basketball Officials in 1957 

  • Chairman of National Selection Committee for national and international championships from 1979-85 

  • President of the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials from 1979-85

  • President of the Atlantic Provinces Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (1968-69) 

  • Served on board of directors for Canadian School Sports Federation from 1970-82 

  • Inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997