My introduction to basketballer Paul Henare was an occasion I will never forget.
It was 1992 and Henare was a third former in the national title-winning Paul Trass-coached Napier Boys’ High School team. The fact he was so young and in such an outstanding team was an early indication the promising point guard was worth keeping an eye on.
When he told me his goal was to make the Tall Blacks team to play at the 2000 Olympics eight years later was another.
“While I couldn’t have visualised having the career I’ve had I did have lofty goals and aspirations back then. Paul [Trass] and my family made sure I never strayed from trying to achieve them,” Henare recalled.
Now 40 and the Tall Blacks coach since 2015, Henare has had dream careers as a player and coach. So it’s no surprise he has been chosen to be inducted into the Hawke’s Bay Sports Hall of Fame at the Forsyth Barr Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards function at Taradale’s Pettigrew-Green Arena on May 25.
Photo: Paul Henare in action while coaching the Tall Blacks in a World Cup qualifier against Jordan in Christchurch last year. Photo/Photosport
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Posted: 18 May 2019