Sad news in SPS Basketball

It is with great sadness that we have recently been notified that Dave Yates has sadly passed away at 73 years of age on 22 January 2022 from an unexpected heart condition.

For those of you who are not aware, Dave has been officiating SPS Basketball matches for the last 22 years and had only recently retired from basketball refereeing last year.

As well as refereeing basketball, Dave was a very experienced driving instructor who trained and assessed many SPS staff to drive minibuses.  He had a gift of making people feel completely at ease with his informal and relaxed approach.  He was reliable, punctual and he had a fantastic sense of humour. Besides being a professional driving instructor and a basketball referee, Dave enjoyed travelling overseas and experiencing new cultures.

His loss will be greatly felt by all those who knew him.

Condolences to all his family.