FIBA Oceania Women in Basketball Empowerment Program

GOLDCOAST, 03 SEPTEMBER 2015 ( FIBA) -----Eight prominent women from countries around the Pacific have arrived in the Gold Coast to take part in FIBA Oceania's Women's Empowerment Program, funded through the Australian Government's Australia Awards Fellowships.

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships and Fellowships funded by the Australian Government.

Australia Awards Fellowships build capacity and strengthen partnerships between Australian organisations and partner organisations in eligible developing countries in support of key development and foreign affairs priorities. By providing short-term study, research and professional development opportunities in Australia, mid-career professionals and emerging leaders can tap into Australian expertise, gaining valuable skills and knowledge.

FIBA Oceania's Women in Basketball Empowerment Program aims to identify, support and train key female leaders involved in basketball in the Pacific region. The workshop will provide training on leadership, governance and public speaking. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from some of the Pacific's most experienced basketball administrators and coaches, including ex-Australian Opal coaches Jan Stirling and Carrie Graf and Australian Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller.

Fellows include prominent Papua New Guinean sports personality and former national team player, Karo Lelai. Now a lawyer in PNG and secretary of the Basketball Federation, she is fresh from hosting a successful Pacific Games in Port Moresby. Joining her will be FIBA Central board member, Deborah Shoniber from the Marshall Islands. Along with her position at FIBA, Deborah is the Human Resource Manager for her family's multinational enterprise and sits on the Marshall Islands National Olympic Committee board. Other participants include Oceania National Olympic Committee OSEP coordinator for the North Pacific, Jubilee Kuartei and Nauru Basketball Federation Secretary General, Leona Star.

FIBA Regional Director David Crocker said 'This is an exciting initiative that we have received support from the Australian Government for. The opportunity to build and support a network of female leaders across the Pacific is important in our overall objectives of growing the number of people who participate in basketball and the quality of leadership and management of the national federations in our region.'

The program will run from 1-10 September 2015 in the Gold Coast region....PACNEWS




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