Lois Muir

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Dame Lois Muir
Personal information
Full name Lois Joan Muir (née Osborne)
Born 1935 (age 82–83)
Mataura, New Zealand
Netball career
Years National team(s) Caps
1960–1963 New Zealand national team
Coaching career
Years Team(s)
Otago Rebels
Capital Shakers
New Zealand national team

Dame Lois Joan Muir DNZM OBE (née Osborne; born 1935) is a New Zealand netball coach and administrator, and a former representative netball and basketball player. Muir represented New Zealand in two sports, playing with the Tall Ferns from 1952 to 1962 and the Silver Ferns from 1960 to 1963. She later became head coach of the Silver Ferns for 15 years from 1974 to 1988.[1]

During this time she coached the Silver Ferns to World Championships gold in 1979 (jointly with Australia and Trinidad and Tobago) and in 1987.[2]

She was educated at Otago Girls' High School in Dunedin.[3]

Muir was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to netball, in the 1984 New Year Honours[4] and was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.[1] With the start of the Coca-Cola Cup (later the "National Bank Cup") in 1998, she became coach of the Capital Shakers team.

In August that year, she was also diagnosed with breast cancer. Muir continued to coach the Shakers until the end of the 2000 season.[5] She also took up a coaching position with the Otago Rebels until the end of 2005.[1]

In the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours, Muir was appointed as a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of services to sports administration and netball.[6] She accepted redesignation as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009, following the restoration of titular honours by the New Zealand government.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Hodge, Peter (27 February 2007). "Lois Muir Elected Netball New Zealand President". Infonews. Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Netball New Zealand: History Archived 21 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.; retrieved 29 June 2009.
  3. ^ McMurran, Alistair (20 November 2009). "Otago Girls High School honours its Olympians". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  4. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 49584, 30 December 1983. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  5. ^ Troughton, Jamie (2 June 2000). "Muir says adieu, happy with progress". The Dominion Post. p. 28. 
  6. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2004" (11 June 2009) 69 New Zealand Gazette 1635.
  7. ^ Special Honours List (12 August 2009) 118 New Zealand Gazette 2691

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