Croatia Clinic Breaks Records

18 April 2011
Clinic Referees, Sibenik Croatia
The nine women referee candidates that attended the clinic in Sibenik, with FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor and Richard Stokes from the FIBA Europe Referee Department

The latest Clinic for FIBA Referee Candidates concluded on Friday in Sibenik, Croatia, establishing a new record in the process.

A total of 35 referee candidates from 29 countries attended the clinic.

Among them were nine women, which translates into the highest ever number of women participants in one clinic in Europe.

The hopeful referees took part in the clinic with their sights set on becoming the next batch of FIBA Referees in Europe.

The officials were put through their paces in the classroom, with theory lectures and exams, in addition to practical assessment on the court.

"For the last few years, FIBA Europe has supported an U15 player camp in Postojna, in Slovenia. Part of this camp has included an officiating camp for Women Referees. Most of those that have attended have been former players or existing referees that wish to progress their officiating," commented Richard Stokes from the FIBA Europe Referee Department.

Clinic Referees Sibenik, Croatia- Miguel Betancor, Zeljko Draksic - CRO Secretary General
Miguel Betancor with the Secretary General of the Croatian Basketball Federation, Zeljko Draksic

"We are now seeing a number of these coming through the national ranks and appearing in the candidate clinics. This shows how important the work in Postojna is, in developing future referees. Our Instructor, Tomislav Jovancic, is doing a great job each year and we are starting to reap the benefits."

FIBA Europe Head of Operations Miguel Betancor added: "We have had a good number of women referees in the past, but this increased number of candidates reflects both our commitment and that of the national federations in ensuring the best referees are proposed for these kinds of clinics."

"We are very pleased to see that a high number of women want to enter the international ranks of officiating,"a delighted Betancor admitted.

He then went on to stress the importance of the hosts' efforts:  "We are extremely grateful to the Croatian Federation who offered us a number of the U18 National play-off games with which to examine the referees. Without this high level competition, our job would be almost impossible."

The clinic in Sibenik forms the first part of the process, with the second part held in spring 2012.

Clinic Referees,  Sibenik, Croatia- Richard Stokes, Davorin Nakic - CRO National Instructor
Richard Stokes with Davorin Nakic, Croatia National Instructor


The complete list of candidates:


(ALB)       Mr.        HOXHAY              Erion
(AUT)       Mr.        KWISDA               Sebastian
(AUT)       Mr.        VLADIC                Marko
(AZE)        Mr.        HASANOV             Toghrul
(BIH)        Ms.        CAVARA               Mila
(BLR)        Mr.        SHARAPA             Andrei
(BUL)        Mr.        VELIKOV              Ventsislav
(CRO)       Mr.        PERLIC                Nikola
(CZE)        Mr.        KUCERA               Stanislav
(ENG)       Ms.        WEBB                   Kate
(ESP)        Mr.        PERUGA                Carlos
(FRA)        Mr.        COLLIN                Jean-Charles
(GEO)       Mr.        BERISHVILI           Irakli
(GEO)       Mr.        BERISHVILI           David
(GER)       Ms.        PANTHER              Anne
(GER)       Mr.        SIMONOV              Konstantin
(GRE)       Mr.        POURSANIDIS        George
(HUN)      Mr.         BENCZUR               Tamas
(IRL)        Ms.        CASSIDY               Lynda
(IRL)        Mr.        NAZIMEK                Maciej
(ISR)        Mr.        BALAK                    Amit
(LTU)        Mr.        MACIULAITIS         Vilius
(MNE)        Mr.        KALUDEROVIC        Milosav
(POL)        Mr.        LISZKA                  Wojciech
(POL)        Mr.        ZAPOLSKI            Dariusz
(POR)       Ms.        TEIXEIRA             Sonia
(RUS)       Mr.        BELYAKOV          Sergey
(ROU)      Ms.        ISTVAN                Gabriela
(ROU)      Ms.        CSENDER             Andrada-Monika
(SCO)       Ms.        MIKLOSIK           Mariann
(SLO)        Mr.        MAJKIC               Mario
(SRB)        Ms.        PANIC                Jelena
(SVK)        Mr.        KUKELCIK            Marek
(TUR)       Mr.        ERDEMLI             Erman
(UKR)       Mr.        PEDIEV                 Volodymyr



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