|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.
|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.
|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|