Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)
Big Wins at Basketball NSW Awards Night
COFFS Harbour Basketball won two of the six major awards at the Basketball NSW 2009 Award night held recently in Sydney.
Up against all other associations in the state, the Coffs Harbour association bagged the Best Referees' Program in NSW along with the prestigious George Thompson Memorial Award for having the best overall women's program in the state.
Scooping the Best Referees' Program in NSW was a fitting reward for the hours of volunteer time Sandra Mottram, Justin Baldwin and Sarah Mottram have put into the program.
The feature of the Coffs program is the willingness of senior referees to educate young referees and help them achieve their officiating dreams.
This commitment to sharing knowledge and experience has shaped the current positive approach to refereeing.
BNSW recognised that Coffs Basketball had created a clear pathway for referee advancement from L-plate referees in the Saturday competition, to domestic senior games, to NJL and state league representative games and then through to country, state and national championships.
Over the past few years Coffs whistle-blowers have featured at Basketball Australia and Schools National Championships, while at the other end of the referee chain, over 30 young referees are currently in the first stage of their officiating career. …