Kempsey’s Fiona Bagley was selected as one of Football Mid North Coast’s talented young match officials and received high level coaching in Coffs Harbour last week.
Fiona attended the Northern NSW Girls Talented Official Program (TOP) Camp, which was held in conjunction with the NNSWF Girls State Championships from October 3 to 5.
The 20-year-old was selected alongside fellow referee Fiona Gottstein from Hallidays Point.
Bagley, who only became a referee this year, enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to the 2019 season.
“I am thankful that I had the opportunity to attend the TOP camp, it allowed me to develop my skills as a referee and as an assistant referee,” Bagley said.
“I met so many wonderful and encouraging individuals and the staff involved in the camp were very supportive and down to earth which made the camp an enjoyable experience.
“Not only was the camp enjoyable but also motivated me to continue to improve and seek further training.”
The annual camp provides valuable development opportunities for up and coming referees from across the state.
The event is used to coach and view some of the best young match officials, as well as to give them an opportunity to strive for futher selection to officiate FFA national tournaments.
20 year old Bagley and 15 year old Gottstein both enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to season 2019.
Football Mid North Coast Club and Referee Development Officer said the two girls were excited about their opportunity.
“They’ve both come back from the weekend excited about the camp and thankful of the chance to attend. Both are talented young officials coming through the ranks and opportunities like the TOP camps really help with further development and fine tuning,” McIntyre said.
"The season hasn't ended just yet for the girls. They have both been selected to officiate as assistant referees on the Newcastle Jets W-League trial match this Sunday in Taree against a FMNC Select side.”
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