Ian Mischefski has been involved in basketball in the Taranaki region since the 1980’s. During this time he has been a player, committee member, referee, coach, President for New Plymouth Basketball Association, and a radio and TV commentator for local stations. Mischefski also has history as the Director of the Taranaki NZ NBL team when they were known as the BP Bears (now called the MountainAirs).
Mischefski’s passion for basketball has seen him bring his skills and love of the game to Special Olympics New Zealand. As a basketball coach for Special Olympics North Taranaki team, he attended two National Games, two Trans-Tasman Games and many regional events. He was also selected as a coach for the New Zealand Special Olympics Basketball Team which competed at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
Justin Toebes started his contribution to basketball in 1973 as a player in Wellington. In 1994 he was voted onto the Wellington Basketball Association Executive. In 1995 he became the president of the Wellington Basketball Association, a position he held for the next 12 years. After the Newtown Stadium burnt down in 1999, he started the campaign to have a new stadium built and through his persistence Wellington now has a 12 court regional stadium in Kilbirnie. He has also been a part-owner and board member of the Saints NBL team and an NBL Board representative for five years. He joined the Basketball New Zealand board in 2002. As vice-president from 2003-2006 he drafted a new constitution and successfully worked for the return of the NBL as part of Basketball New Zealand. He also represented New Zealand on the FIBA Oceania Board from 2003-2006.