Thursday, July 4, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Refereeing Royalty – Caitlin Kross

Caitlin Kross has been celebrated for her refereeing excellence after returning from Basketball Queensland’s State Referee Program’s (SRP) Camp on Monday 17 June.

Caitlin was prestigiously selected for the six-week program after refereeing at the U16 States Competition in April and has since been selected as 1 of 4 referees to represent Queensland at the School Sport Australia Nationals in July later this year.

Caitlin made the decision to progress into the referring sphere four years ago following a lack of opportunities to compete in rep basketball championships within her age group.

“Referring is a lot faster; the games are a lot more interesting, and it’s a different aspect not many people consider taking up,” explained Caitlin.

Continuing to play for the Burdekin Wildcats whilst pursuing refereeing, Caitlin has persevered to reach new heights.

“It’s taken a long time to get to this stage, and you receive feedback and education when you go away for carnivals, but overall, it’s taken a lot of work to get to this point,” said Caitlin.

Over the six weeks, Caitlin underwent numerous online meetings covering a range of educational topics, including breaking down real game footage to explore and analyse various aspects. In conclusion of the program, Caitlin attended the SRP’s in-person camp in Brisbane from 14 – 16 June. The weekend hosted classroom sessions as hosted by NBL referees, along with the opportunities to sit in on NBL1 games, along with NBL1 pregame preparations and postgame wrap-ups.

Caitlin’s parents are beyond proud of their daughter’s achievements and are overjoyed with how far Caitlin has come in achieving her goals.

“Over the past year, she set herself a goal, that has required travelling many thousands of kilometres around the state, juggling senior study, work, as well as study and development as a Referee, and her determination and persistence are now paying off,” explained Caitlin’s mother, Helen Kross.

“Refereeing in any sport these days whether recreational or professional is extremely challenging due to continual scrutiny, so watching her development and growth in confidence over the past few years has been a pleasure.”

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