National Basketball Development Officers
Since 1999, FIBA Oceania, in conjunction with the National Federation, has provided funds to employ local people as National Basketball Development Officers (NBDO) in many of the federations in the region.
NBDOs have been employed in American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
The role of the NBDO is to develop and promote basketball in their federation, with the goal to increase the number of people playing basketball in your country.
Key tasks the NBDOs focus on are:
- Conduct competitions in the villages
- Conduct after school programs for students
- Offer daytime programs for people out of work
- Develop schools based basketball activities
- Weekend tournaments and activities
- Assist in conducting “National Events” and basketball activities as programmed by the Federation.
Current NBDO Profiles
Samoa : Linda Kelsall
Linda joined the NBDO program in 2016 after participating in FIBA's Pacific Youth Leaders Camp. Emerging youth leaders from 11 countries in Oceania came together for a 10-day elite basketball and personal development camp. (The camp) game me tools and knowledge to be a good leader and set an example for my teammates back home. “The PYL helped me learn to be a leader, to step up and be an example. It also helped me to encourage not only myself but also my teammates to never give up because we are carrying Samoan Pride! As an added result of her involvement in the PYL camp, Linda was appointed as the National Basketball Development Officer for Samoa.
Linda has competed for Samoa in both the junior an senior teams in 5x5 and 3x3 competitions and has been working hard to share her knowledge with the basketball community in Samoa.
Fiji: Laisiasa Puamau
Lai is one of FIBA Oceania’s longest serving NBDO’s, starting in the position in 2009. In 2014, Lai was elevated to the position of Chief Operations Officer for Basketball Fiji although he still performs many of his NBDO duties. Lai has a wealth of coaching and playing experience; he represented Fiji in the national team for 8 years – including winning a silver medal at the 2007 South Pacific Games – and has coached a number of national teams since 2008. Lai’s skills and professionalism stood out during the FIBA Oceania U18 Championships, held in Suva in 2014, where he acted in the role of Tournament Director. His good work over the years has not gone unnoticed within his community; being awarded the Sports Administrator of the Year at the Fiji Sports Awards (2010) and Pacific Sports Awards (2011). After the successful implementation of the Hoops for Health Program in 2014, Lai hopes to continue to improve basketball in Fiji to become one of the powerhouse nations in the region.
Guam: Jon Lujan
Jon is another experienced NBDO for FIBA Oceania, starting in the role in 2013. Jon played at a club level in Guam for 8 years, before turning his focus towards a successful coaching and administrative career. Jon has been coaching since 1999, including numerous national teams, and was a founding member of the Barrigada Basketball club in the same year. Jon completes the NBDO role on a part time basis, and has been a big advocate for the growth of 3x3 in the Federation, culminating with the Guam Women winning games at the 2014 Youth Olympics.
Tahiti: Georgy Adams
Georgy started working as NBDO for FIBA Oceania in 2014. Prior to his role as NBDO he was employed by the French Polynesian Basketball Federation as their Junior Development Officer after many years playing with the French National Basketball Team. Georgy’s wealth of experience at the highest level has been invaluable in his role as NDBO in Tahiti.
Vanuatu: Sacha Duthu
Vanuatu’s Sacha Duthu is the newest NBDO joining in November 2017. Sacha is a native of France who has been working in Vanuatu at the National Olympic Committee. Sacha is very passionate about the game and brings his knowledge to help develop basketball in and around Port Vila. He recently helped the Vanuatu Basketball Federation prepare for the Pacific Mini Games with the 3x3 competition and during the event he managed the men and women's teams with the women winning a bronze medal.
Timor-Leste: Jose Soares
Jose was appointed as NBDO to drive the Asia Sports Partnership Project in Timor, 'empowering women and girls and giving support to victims of domestic violence'. Jose has done a wonderful job leading his young coaches, getting them out into the community delivering clinics trying to raise the profile of the basketball federation and increasing the number of people participating in basketball.