British Basketball Federation Chair and former Scotland and GB basketball captain Bill McInnes has died following a short illness.
For over 30 years he held the international appearance record with 49 caps for GB and 123 for Scotland. Bill was a player, coach and official at Edinburgh’s Boroughmuir Basketball Club and the key part of the team when they won the 1972 British title.
Clare Wardle, Chair of Basketball England said “Bill gave so much to basketball and to all who knew him. Let us together make him a lasting legacy by doing the best we can for the sport he loved, our thoughts are very much with his family and friends."
In 2000 Bill was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to the sport and was elected as Chair of the British Basketball Federation in 2006. He was also a member of the National Olympic Committee, Chair of the British Masters Basketball Association and a Director with Basketballscotland, which he previously chaired from 1990 to 2008.
Mark Clark, Basketball England Director said “Bill contribution has touched every part of our sport. He has been one of biggest personalities in our sport on court and off court. As a player he represented both Scotland and GB. As an administrator in many roles he has led our sport to an Olympic Games and through the difficult process of forming a new organisation. Throughout all his time in basketball Bill was always respected and recognised for his total commitment to taking basketball forward. On a personal level in my role with GB he was always supportive always looking to find solutions. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him, played alongside him or against him and by those who he worked with developing the future of the game in GB. Our thoughts are first with his family and friends and then for the sport he leaves behind that has been enhanced by his contribution”
Many took to Twitter to share their condolences for Bill.
Bill is survived by his wife Andrea, his children and grandchildren.