Guy Richards receives his FIBA Basketball Refereeing licence
Norths Basketball would like to congratulate Guy Richards on receiving his FIBA Basketball Refereeing licence. This is an incredible achievement and is a testament to all of Guy’s hard work and dedication to continually improve his craft so he can execute it to the best of his ability. In July, Guy attended the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa where he was appointed to referee the Men’s Gold Medal Game as well as the Women’s 3x3 Gold Medal Game. Guy has also previously attended the U15 FIBA Oceania Championships and the Melanesian Cup both held in Papua New Guinea in 2018 and 2017 respectively.
Guy is the first of North’s home-grown FIBA referees to start at miniball following in the footsteps of Sean Meyers who started at Norths as a senior duty ref. He started refereeing when he was only 12 years of age, and showed early on that he wanted to reach the pinnacle of his chosen referee path. As with many of our young referees today, Guy started out refereeing miniball, then Junior domestic, then Junior Reps and Senior domestic, before progressing to Senior reps. At the age of just 18, he became North’s Referee Development Officer, a role to which he brought his passion and imagination, introducing walkie talkies and video for referee development, as well as computerising our Referee Scheduling. He subsequently left Norths to establish his own company. Despite the time required to establish a successful, he continued to referee at increasingly higher levels, including the WNBL then NBL.
We, at Norths, are very proud of his achievement and the role model he provides to our up and coming referees. Once again, congratulations Guy.