Jamie started her referring career with wheelchair basketball in 2008 and has refereed the Irish Wheelchair Basketball National League ever since.
It was clear to see from the get go, this girl had a serious flare and passion for not only the game itself, but for what it represents. From a young age Jamie encompassed a unique talent for sport and in particular, basketball which only increased as the years passed.
Jamie was in the crew that refereed the first ever wheelchair basketball national cup final in the National Basketball Arena during the cup weekend in 2016.
In 2015 Jamie travelled to Toronto where she attended a clinic for Potential IWBF International Referees. Here she learned from top IWBF instructors and referees while officiating in the preparation tournament for the 2015 Parapan Am Games. The feedback she received from Toronto helped her gain confidence in working towards the next step in her career.
Jamie also officiates in Great Britain WheelChair Basketball leagues frequently and for the past two years in Continental Clash and National Championship finals.
Not too long ago the opportunity of refereeing a major tournament like that of European Division C Championships was, as she thought, too far out of reach due to adversity. Jamie also applied to join the National League Officials Panel (NLOP) in 2013 but sadly couldn’t take up her place due to long term illness.
Like so many other great silver lining stories though, through her own determination and dedication, she overcame set-back after set back and is now in Brno, Czech Republic to grab hold of a such an opportunity and that she most certainly has done!!!
On July 26th Jamie achieved that goal and passed two exam games scoring an impressive 74 & 82 points respectively!!! She now joins the IWBF Family, officially!!!
Jamie is a true example of what working hard and believing in your own ability is all about, even through the hard times and the times of pushing beyond all obstacles, even ill health… it is never too far out of reach if you have a little bit of faith and a whole lot of determination!
Go Jamie, nicely done!