We are delighted to announce that Emma Perry has been awarded her FIBA Licence with effect from 1st September 2017 for a two-year period. FIBA introduced their new Licencing System for Officials this year which sees wholesale changes in how officials both, train for and are awarded their licence.

Emma started her FIBA training two years ago when she attended a clinic for Potential FIBA’s in France and has since attended two further clinics’ in Belgium and Croatia. These clinic’s cover every aspect of officiating at the highest levels from Mental and Physical preparation to Game Management to name but a few. Games are recorded and analysed by FIBA Instructors who watch the development of Candidates from game to game and clinic to clinic.

Emma has been totally focused over the two years to developing and gaining her FIBA Licence. Huge commitment and self-sacrifice has been required and it’s a testament to her dedication that her dream has been realised. Emma becomes only the fifth ever Irish female to have achieved a FIBA Licence.

This is a remarkable achievement for Emma considering, despite starting out as a referee in 1999 and participating in a youth referee development programme (Pathway) at the time, Emma suffered a serious injury which kept her out of active officiating for almost ten years. Only returning to National League officiating for the 2013/14 season as a Grade 2, Emma quickly achieved her Grade 1 and started out on her FIBA journey.

Emma used her ten years off court very well, developing her knowledge of basketball and qualified as a Referee Assessor, Referee Tutor and National Referee Coach. No doubt this knowledge helped her when she finally returned to the court.

There will be many new FIBA’s in Europe for the period 2017/19 and Emma is currently with them in Zagreb at yet another clinic preparing for what everyone hopes will be many International Appointments going forward. Everyone on the NRC and the refereeing community congratulates Emma on this remarkable achievement and wish her the very best in her FIBA career.

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