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BFNPG holds referee workshop

PAPUA NEW GUINEA (FIBA OCEANIA) - Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea presided over a technical official workshop for over 30 kids at the Taurama Aquatic Indoor Centre yesterday.

Papua New Guinea's Sports Foundation Techincal Head Ronnie Mea supervised the workshop to assist local basketball clubs in strengthening their pool of referees while encouraging young players to learn more about officiating.

"We had a good turnout today and really happy with the level of interest shown by the kids in regards to officiating," said Mea, who was BFPNG's first National Basketball Development Officer in 2000.

"We need more referees because basketball is growing at such a rapid pace in Port Moresby," he added.

The workshop was able to attract a wide range of participants from various local basketball clubs in Port Moresby including the Gerehu Jets, Maiwala, Gala Hoks, and Nine Mile Plateau.

Jane Tongia, a 14-year old assistant coach to her school's boys team shared her positive experience attending the workshop.

"I am very grateful for the workshop and I now understand the rules better. I help out our boys team in school and it has given me more confidence in my general knowledge of basketball," said Tongia.

The 2-hour session included an on-court demonstration and question and answer portion; it will be the first of numerous technical workshops BFPNG has planned for 2019.

"We are planning to hold more technical official workshops because it was evident in the FIBA U15 Oceania Championship last year that we also need to build our pool of officials," said BFPNG Executive Officer Stephen Damien.