Lindsay Gaze | Australian Olympic Committee

Lindsay's Story

Lindsay Gaze is a true icon of basketball as a player, coach, and administrator. He represented Australia as an athlete at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games where the team finished 9th. At the 1960 Rome and 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the Australian Team was eliminated in the pre-Olympic tournaments which took place in Bologna, Italy and Monterrey, Mexico respectively. Gaze was a member of both these teams.

He went to a further four Olympic Games as a coach of the men's basketball team in Munich 1972, Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984. At his last Games in 1984, Gaze was able to coach his son Andrew in his first of five Olympic Games campaigns.

Gaze also coached Australia to fifth position at the 1982 World Championship and under his influence, the NBL team, the Melbourne Tigers established themselves as a perennial force, winning two Championships under his direction. During his career he was the longest-tenured coach in the league and led his team in over 600 games - an NBL record. He was also named the NBL Coach of the Year three times: 1989, 1997 and 1999.

Gaze was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the FIBA Hall of Fame as a coach in 2010.

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