06 Jun 2017
Minister for Tourism and Culture
The Territory Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to build vibrant communities, and has provided sporting officials from across the Territory with financial support through the Northern Territory Institute of Sport’s Officiating Scholarship Program 2016-17.
The grant program helps increase the number of Territorians officiating at the highest levels in sport, allowing sport participation to continue to grow and building the capacity of the NT to host national and international sporting events.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said she was impressed with the variety of sports that applied and congratulated the successful applicants.
“The NT Government is delighted to be able to assist these individuals from various sports to help improve their knowledge, skills and experiences, which we know will provide benefits for all Territorian’s who participate and are involved in sports,” Minister Moss said.
“Through the program the NT Government has committed $40,100 to support individuals and Peak Sporting Bodies, helping them to travel to various parts of Australia to participate at national level competitions and assisting sports to have Australia’s best officials conduct training in the NT.”
The successful applicants were from Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Gove across various sports including basketball, golf, gymnastics, cycling, judo, squash, pistol shooting, volleyball, netball, touch and Australian rules football.
Details of Successful Applicants:
AFLNT: Will be supported to send five AFLNT Junior Umpiring Academy members to the 2017 School Sport Australia - Australian Football U15 Male & Female Championships. Total $5,000
Basketball NT: Will receive funding to send four officials, two from Alice Springs and two from Darwin interstate to attend a Level 0 and Level 1 Referee Educator/Coach Courses for qualified referees. Total $4,500
Cycling NT: Two Level 3 Commissaries from Cycling NT) will attend one National level event each in the 2017/18 cycling season. Mandy Hargreaves: National level track event in Melbourne; and Trevor Owen: National level road event in Melbourne. Total $2,000
Football Federation NT: Funding has been granted to Football Federation NT to up-skill current referees and increase the number of accredited referee instructors based in the Northern Territory by bringing a Referee Instructor from Interstate to conduct a Level 3 Instructor Course and a Level 2 Referee Theory Course over a weekend. Total $2,000
Jason De Araujo (Golf NT): Has been awarded funding to travel to/from Sydney to participate as an Official Rules Referee at the 2017 Men's Australian Open Golf Championship to be held at the Australian Golf Club 23 to 26 Nov 17. Jason’s ambition is to referee at the 2020 Olympics. Total $2,000
John Humphries (Golf NT): Will receive funding to travel to/from Sydney to participate as an Official Rules Referee at the 2017 Men's Australian Open Golf Championship to be held at the Australian Golf Club 23 to 26 Nov 17. Total $2,000
Matthew Kerle (Gymnastics NT): Has been funded to attend an Advanced Silver training course from Gymnastics Australia to upgrade from an Advanced Men's Gymnastics Judge. He will then attend the Australian Championships to judge the Men's Gymnastics. The men's competition runs from 22 to 28 May 17. The Advanced Silver course will be run the prior to the event on from 20 to 21 May 17. Total $1,600
Gymnastics NT: Will receive funding for two interstate judges’ airfares, accommodation and presenters costs to travel to Darwin to conduct intermediate and advanced judging courses over one week from 5 to 9 June. Total $2,700
Shane Rigby (Judo NT): Funding has been approved for Mr Rigby to attend and referee at three tournaments - National Judo Championships on the Gold Coast in June 17, Sydney International Open in August and Melbourne International Open, these will help him to get promoted to National A&B licences. Total $3,000
Netball NT Incorporated: Has been supplied funding to bring Netball NT’s umpire mentors to Darwin in July to receive coaching and mentoring from Michelle Phippard, Netball Australia’s new Emerging Talent Umpire Coach. Total $1,500
NRL NT: Will receive funding for three different projects, 1) Three Match Officials to attend North Queensland Junior Championship. All match officials will be coached or assessed under a Referee Coach. 2) Coach/Mentor/Assess and update referees in Alice Springs and Gove. All match officials will be coached/assessed over the weekend, with a strong focus on match officials progressing onto higher representative levels and required to attend a referee update. Total $6,400
Joanne Hutchinson (Pistol NT): Funding is approved for Ms Hutchinson to officiate at the Sydney Cup in October and the Commonwealth Test event in Brisbane in December in order to gain experience at Australia level events leading to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Total $1,500
Squash NT: Funding is approved to up-skill two referees in the NT. One referee to State Level and one referee to Regional Level. Total $2,300
Tim Pearson (Touch NT): Funding is approved for Mr Pearson to attend a final selection camp in Sydney in order to be selected to attend as an Australian Representative on panel of International Referee's to officiate at the 2017 Masters Trans-Tasman (Australia v New Zealand) held on the Sunshine Coast in September. Total $1,300
Touch NT: Funding has been supplied to give the opportunity for a referee coach to attend National Youth Championships and Alliance Cup to be part of the National Referee Panel at the tournaments to receive mentoring and upskilling as a referee coach. Total $1,800
Bert Lukitsch (Volleyball NT): Funding has been approved for Mr Lukitsch to attend the Commonwealth Games 2018, round 3 selection / training event in October 2017. Total $500
Across the 2016/17 financial year $70,600 has been provided to Peak Sporting Bodies and individuals to assist in officiating at higher levels across Australia and to improve the knowledge and ability of officials.
Media contact: Clancy Wright – 0428 458 466