Written by Geoff Tripp
6 September, 2021

Basketball NSW congratulates the following Spalding Waratah League referees Scott Beker, James Boyer, Guy Richards, Haylee Cole, and Jack Taylor of their FIBA Licences being issued for the period of 2021-2023.

Basketball NSW, CEO, Maria Nordstrom said, “The announcement from FIBA is special for everyone named. Each of these referees are great ambassadors to the game, and we are very proud of their achievements”.

They join nine other referees in Australia to receive such honours, and overall they form a panel of 804 referees globally.  This includes Jacqui Dover, who previously resided in Queensland and commenced her employment with Basketball NSW back in March as our Indigenous, Cultural & Linguistically Diverse Programs Manager.

“I would like to congratulate the six referees on their achievement of being awarded FIBA Licences for the period 2021 to 2023. It is a reflection of their hard work, skill and commitment to Basketball Officiating. To reach the top level in any pursuit is an outstanding achievement, and to Jacqui, Scott, James, Haylee, Guy and Jack my heartfelt congratulations on this fantastic achievement” – Steve Clark, Head of Technical Officials – Basketball NSW.

Basketball NSW asked each official what this achievement meant to them.

“I’m really happy to once again be awarded my FIBA licence. I want to thank BNSW for their continued support, which allows me to reach the goals I have set for myself as a referee. I hope that this can inspire the younger referees in NSW to follow their dreams to be the best that they can. Being a country referee myself I really hope that it shows the referees in country areas that it is possible to reach the top, no matter what part of the state you might be from.” – Scott Beker, Black Licence

“I’m excited for the opportunities that lay ahead and congratulate the referees who have been successful at this level for the first time. It is a real honour to represent my association, state and country at this level.” – James Boyer, Black Licence

“It’s an honour and privilege to be renewed much less elevated to a FIBA Black license. The main reason any referee does it is for the love of the game and I am really proud to be able to continue to represent Norths, New South Wales and Australia in whatever opportunities come my way. I would also like to acknowledge my fellow New South Welshman Jack Taylor, James Boyer, Scott Beker for their renewals and a special shoutout to Haylee Cole our newest NSW FIBA referee.” – Guy Richards, Black Licence

“When I first stepped onto the court as a referee at the age of 10, I never knew that I would end up here. Receiving my FIBA badge has made a childhood dream become a reality. I am honoured to have received a female Green FIBA license and encourage all young referees to continue to dream and you never know where your path will lead you to.” – Haylee Cole, Green Licence

 “It’s an honour and a privilege to hold a license to be able to referee the game across the globe. Having had a brief taste for the game intentionally in the last license period I look forward to the opportunity to continue to grow on this journey.” – Jack Taylor, Black Licence

Over the next few months, Basketball NSW will be holding a series of online webinars that will be open to any official to attend,  with each of our FIBA licenced officials being guest presenters.


  • Scott Beker (NSW), Black Licence
  • James Boyer (NSW), Black Licence
  • Haylee Cole (NSW), Green Licence
  • Craig Copes (WA), Black Licence
  • Madison Crowley-Long (QLD), Green Licence
  • Jacquiline Dover (QLD), Green Licence
  • Tayla Flint (VIC), White Licence
  • James Griguol (SA), Black Licence
  • Calia Hanks (QLD), White Licence
  • Vaughan Mayberry (QLD), Black Licence
  • Chris Reid (VIC), Black Licence
  • Guy Richards (NSW), Black Licence
  • Jack Taylor (ACT), Black Licence
  • Ruben Woolcock (TAS/VIC), White Licence

FIBA Licence Categories:

  • Black Licence: Eligible to officiate international games at all senior and junior levels
  • Green Licence: Open to female referees only. Eligible to officiate:
    • All senior mens games at sub-regional level
    • All senior womens games
    • All junior games (men and women)
    • All senior and junior games of international preparation (“friendlies”)
  • White Licence: Eligible to officiate:
    • All junior games at regional level
    • All senior and junior games at sub-regional level
    • All senior and junior games of international preparation (“friendlies”)

If you would like to learn more about becoming a qualified official visit:  https://www.bnsw.com.au/officials/

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