Dame Lois Muir
Quite simply, Dame Lois is an inspiration for women in sport, not only Netball, with which she is synonymous.
An outstanding player and coach, Lois Muir has been at the forefront of Netball's rise to its present high profile within New Zealand. She was vice-captain of the New Zealand team when Netball began to establish itself as a regular international sport, but it was her achievements as a Selector and National Coach that made Lois Muir one of the few New Zealand sporting figures whose first name alone is enough to identify her.
Lois played for Otago in both Netball and basketball from 1950 until 1964. Playing basketball for New Zealand from 1952 until 1962, and representing New Zealand at Netball from 1960 to 1964, when international play was rare. She was considered the outstanding player in the New Zealand team that lost the first world title final in 1963 by one goal.
Lois Muir coached the Silver Ferns for 15 years until 1988, a period in which they won two Netball World Cups, in 1979 & 1987. Still sought for coaching positions more than a decade after she had "retired", Lois continued as a national selector and has served on several sporting bodies, including Netball New Zealand, the Hillary Commission, the Sports Foundation, the Masters Games and the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame (to which she was inducted in 1993).
A former Netball New Zealand President and one of the most influential figures in the sport's history, the Dame Lois Muir Supreme Award - the highest individual accolade a New Zealand Netballer can achieve - is named in her honour and presented annually at the NZ Netball Awards.