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.

Many parents and referees in the association will be delighted for Sandra and Sarah, both of whom have given much time and effort to those keen to pursue refereeing.

The George Thompson Memorial Award recognises outstanding contribution to women’s basketball.

In presenting the 2009 Award, Basketball NSW recognised that Coffs Harbour had a strong and positive women’s influence running through all sections of the association – in coaching, administration, refereeing, playing numbers and representative success.

In 2009 Coffs female representative teams won every division 1 title in the north from under 12s through to senior women.

The association has more female domestic teams than men’s teams and also a high number of female representative coaches.

Women and girls dominate the referees program, and the committee of management consists of a majority of women.

Coffs Harbour won this award ahead of three other nominees: Newcastle, Penrith and Bathurst Basketball Associations.

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