Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame

James Wayne Norris

Nickname: Wayne
Birth: October 31, 1941
Deceased: April 28, 2001
Inducted as: Builder
Inducted for: Basketball, Football,
Inducted in: 2003


Wayne began officiating basketball games in 1959, but he was too young to join the local association until 1965.

A member of the Kingston and District Board of Approved Basketball Officials for 32 years, he served on the executive and he was convenor for seven years. Wayne was made a life member in 2000.

Wayne called games at all levels and was a top university and college official. He officiated at provincial high school championships and served as a provincial evaluator of officials.

Wayne was also a football official from 1966 to 1997. He refereed all levels of the game, from touch to university, including the Vanier Cup and several national semifinal games.

Wear and tear on his knees led to Waynes retirement from officiating in 1997. He continued to assign and evaluate officials and he became convenor of the local high school football league.

In the mid 1970’s, Wayne coached the men’s varsity basketball team at St. Lawrence College, and he coached football and basketball teams at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School.