Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame

Janice Deakin

Birth: June 27, 1957
Home Town: Smiths Falls, Ontario
Inducted as: Builder
Inducted for: Basketball,
Inducted in: 2007


Janice came to Queen’s in 1976. After a five-year playing career with the varsity women’s basketball team, she began a distinguished officiating career in the game.

After moving to Hamilton in 1981, Janice was certified to work women’s intercollegiate games and she officiated her first provincial high school gold-medal game. Two years later, Janice officiated her first Ontario Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game.

By 1991 she was the first woman to receive an international officiating license from FIBA.

In 1993 Janice officiated the semi-final game at the junior women’s World Championship in Seoul. The next year she was the first woman in FIBA history to officiate a world championship game, at the senior women’s tournament in Sydney.

In a 21-year career Janice worked in 11 Canadian and 15 Ontario university championship tournaments. She has officiated medal games at the Pan American & World Student Games.

In 1998 she worked the semi-final game at the women’s World Championship in Berlin.

Janice retired in 2002. She received the award of merit from the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials in 2004.