Wink Willox 2015

The Saskatchewan Association of Basketball Officials (SABO) is pleased to nominate David Werry for the Wink Willox Award 2015. Dave Werry’s commitment to Basketball is far reaching and goes beyond his extremely successful on-court performance as a referee.

Dave was born and raised in Regina where he attended and played basketball for Campbell Collegiate High School, winning a 5A provincial championship in 1975. Dave continued his playing career representing Saskatchewan at the Junior National Champions in St John’s Newfoundland.

After high school, Dave immediately took up refereeing basketball where his talents on the court were quickly noticed by senior referees and coaches which led him to be assigned to referee university and senior level basketball right from the beginning of his career. Within only a few seasons of his career, Dave was assigned to the CIAU women’s nationals in Saskatoon. Dave’s refereeing flourished to eventually become one of Saskatchewan’s most successful and distinguished referees. In total Dave has officiated 22 National Championships including CIS Men’s, Women’s and numerous Junior and Senior Men’s and Women’s National Championships.

In 1991 Dave certified as a FIBA referee, at the time being only the third referee from Saskatchewan to obtain this status. Dave enjoyed numerous FIBA and FIBA Americas assignments that provided the opportunity to referee on four different continents.

Dave’s commitment to basketball has extended well beyond his on-court success. Provincially Dave has served on the SABO executive as provincial interpreter since 2006 and has held numerous positions on the Regina Association of Basketball Officials (RABO) executive. Dave tirelessly “gives back” to the refereeing community both within Regina and around the province. Dave has literally covered the entire province holding referee clinics and seminars, doing as many as a dozen rural clinics in any given year. As provincial referee in chief Dave leads a team of evaluators each year at Hoopla – the provincial high school championship, evaluating and assigning as many as 50 games in one weekend.

Nationally Dave sits on the National Evaluation Panel and has evaluated at numerous Midget, Juvenile and CCAA championships. Dave also represents the Canada West and the ACAC conference as supervisor for the Saskatchewan Region.

Professionally Dave works as the High Performance Coordinator for Basketball Saskatchewan, a position he has held since 2003.

Dave is extremely proud of his two sons Matt and Jace.

Dave’s previous recognition include the RABO Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and the 2010 Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award.


Wink Willox 2012

The Saskatchewan Association of Basketball Officials is pleased to nominate Jackie Packet for the Wink Willox Award 2012.
I began reffing early in my teaching career--the fall of 1986. It was a trade off; I didn't have to coach basketball because I ran the drama club, but , in exchange, I had to ref basketball. Ed Fiegel, who past away this year, was my mentor. People like Vic and Lois Wrigley offered much support and guidance. I began reffing the junior league games and eventually graduated to high school and ladies. I have been selected to ref at two HOOPLA's and have found that rewarding. When Ed retired from reffing, in the mid-90's, I became the ref-in-chief for the Prince Albert Ref Association. Aside from assigning, a great deal of my focus is on ref development, particularily new refs. We have implemented a ref mentorship program and have met with success. Our high school basketball programs are stronger because of the strong reffing at the elementary and junior high levels. I have been part of organizing teams for such things as HOOPLA in PA, Western Canadian Games, and various aboriginal and provincial games. I look forward to retiring from teaching in 3 years and will continue to ref for the sportsmanship of basketball and the exercise.


John A. (Wink) Willox Award

Wink's contributions to Canadian basketball in general, and British Columbia basketball in particular, were enormous. A member for many years of the executive committee of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO), Wink was one of the founding members of CABO in 1974 and represented British Columbia as its Interpreter until his death in August of 1982. Wink was the first recipient (posthumously) of CABO’s Ted Earleyaward in 1984, and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

Award Criteria
In any given year, there may be only one candidate selected for a Willox Award from each province. Criteria, which have been established for the Willox Award, are as follows:
Past Recipients

Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award

The Regina Association of Basketball Officials is pleased to present the “Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award” to Dave Werry

It is an honor that RABO present the Spirit Award to Dave Werry. Congratulations.


Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award

The Regina Association of Basketball Officials is pleased to announce the recipient of the “Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award” to an administrator – Howard Jesse

It is with honor that RABO present the “Fred Frolick Spirit of the Game Award” to Howard Jesse for his demonstration of true spirit of the game both on and off the court