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New FIBA licensed personnel –Referees, Technical Commissioners and National Instructor for Referees

From April 8-11, 2014, FIBA Director, Lubomir Kotleba and FIBA Americas Technical Director, Anibal Garcia conducted a clinic in San Ignacio to certify FIBA international referees and FIBA Technical Commissioners. The clinic included four sessions: a written test, a physical test, a practical test and an informative section with questions and answers.

Two candidates successfully completed the referees training course — Mr. Melvin Pinelo from Belmopan and Mr. Marlon Castillo from Dangriga. Mr. Pinelo is currently a chemistry teacher at Sacred Heart College. Mr. Castillo currently serves in the Coast Guard. Mr. Pinelo and Mr. Castillo are now eligible to officiate in any FIBA sanctioned game worldwide once called upon by FIBA.

Two candidates also successfully completed the Technical Commissioner training – Mr. David Lacey from Belize City and Mr. Karim Juan from San Ignacio. Mr. Lacey is currently a lecturer at St. John’s College Sixth Form, and Mr. Juan is the Vice-Principal at Sacred Heart College.

Mr. Denfield “Teddy” Andrewin was also appointed as the National Instructor for Referees. Mr. Andrewin is currently a stevedore at Ports of Belize Ltd.

Denfield, Marlon and Melvin are currently officials in the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL). Karim is the Head Coach of the Cayo Western Ballaz, and David continues to be a devoted table official in as many games as possible.

The Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) appreciates the personal efforts of these gentlemen, as well as their contributions to the league, and basketball in Belize. Development is a gradual process, and continuous self-improvement facilitates that process.

We wish them the best, and hope they inspire others to follow.

Special Thanks: The Belize Tourism Board; Sacred Heart College; Mrs. Juanita Juan.

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