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Inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Also a member of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.
Still playing hockey in 2008, 39 years after he first started, Les Wilson was a member of the 1976 New Zealand squad that won the 1976 Montreal Olympic title.
Wilson, who played international hockey for seven years, was the reserve goal-keeper for the Olympic final when the Black Sticks beat Australia 1-0 for the gold medals.
He made his international debut for the 1973 Kiwis who played in England and Belgium en route to the world championships in Amsterdam.
Two years later he played against Canada and India in New Zealand and also repped in two Champion Trophy tournaments – Perth in 1977 and Pakistan in 1979.
Wilson, who played more than 150 times for Whanganui between 1971 and 1983, has played for New Zealand Masters in recent years in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Australia and Korea as well as in New Zealand.