When Dudley King, 90, began playing basketball in Lithgow as a 17-year-old, it was on an outdoor gravel court which bore little resemblance to the recently revamped Lazerdome.
It was, for Dudley, the start of decades of association with the Basketball Association, for which he was recognised on Saturday.
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Mr King worked tirelessly as part of the Lithgow Sports Council towards the construction of a Lithgow sports centre, Lithgow Basketball Association chairman Richard Marjoram said.
"Without Dudley's efforts we might not be standing or sitting here in this stadium today for the opening of the refurbished stadium," he said.
Mr King is not only recognised by the association for his administration, or his role as president, but as an outstanding player and captain of the Lithgow team.
He was selected to play for NSW three times and captained the all-conquering Eagles team. He played until he was 52, and then refereed and coached Lithgow teams.