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16th edition of Women's Basketball Summit completed in Slovenia

POSTOJNA (Slovenia) - The 16th edition of the Women's Basketball Summit was recently completed in the Slovenian town of Postonja from July 5-8.

An established event in the basketball development calendar, the program aims to provide opportunities to female coaches and up-and-coming female referees with professional aspirations as part of FIBA's Women in Basketball strategy.

The 2023 summit incorporated the first FIBA Women in Officiating Global Camp; featuring eight female referees from around the world as well as elite level instructors including Amy Bonner and FIBA instructor, Nadine Crowley.

The list of participants was comprised of 20 female coaches and 19 female referees with 22 different European countries represented. The summit included clinics for both coaches and referees as well as practical sessions and group work.

FIBA Europe has now decided to integrate the program into the Women in Basketball strategy, outside of the Erasmus scope, for the future due to the success of the mentoring program which was piloted in recent years.

The coaches that were selected for the 2023-24 mentoring program are Anna Lakloth of Hungary, Agata Grabowiecka of Poland, Mariana Rodrigues of Portugal, Olga Gonzalez of Spain, Josephine Traberg of Norway and Erynn Legge of Great Britain.

Esteemed coaches Julie Barennes of Basket Landes, FIBA Hall of Fame inductee Natalia Hejkova and Serbia national team head coach Marina Maljkovic will be the mentors for the next cycle.