We’re thrilled to welcome a number of new staff to Basketball NSW as our Regional Development Officers.

As part of the Legacy program to be run across New South Wales in association with the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022, our Regional Development Officers will be responsible for sport development, female specific participation programs, female leadership programs, indigenous participation programs, education programs for coaches and officials as well as better access to play and participate in basketball for residents in regional and remote areas of New South Wales.

Being delivered by Basketball NSW and across the next three years these appointments were made towards the execution of Basketball NSW’s plan to significantly increase both the levels of participation and inclusion across all areas of the state to assist growing the game at the grassroots level. 

“We are grateful for the NSW State Government’s support in both securing and hosting the event and for funding the Local Legacy programs that underpin the national legacy programs across Australia,” Basketball NSW CEO Maria Nordstrom said.

“The Legacy Program is supporting the New South Wales Government’s strategic focus on women and girls in sport through the ‘Her Sport Her Way’ program and basketball’s goal to move towards gender equity. We also want to develop a new generation of female leaders for the sport over the legacy period.

“Furthermore, basketball in New South Wales is also focussed on growing the game and breaking down any barriers to participation for children from an indigenous and multicultural background, bringing basketball to every part of our state and making basketball everyone’s game.”

We welcome the following to the roles of Regional Development Officer:

Lauren King – Far North NSW

“I’m thrilled and honoured to be appointed by BNSW as a development officer for the Far North Region of NSW. Growing up and playing basketball in Northern NSW, I have a long term, genuine connection with the area and cannot wait to give back to a region that nurtured my love and enjoyment for the game.”

“Supporting and growing basketball at a grassroots level will be filled with excitement as we near the 2022 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney. It’s such an exciting time to be involved in our sport. I look forward to sharing my passion and knowledge of the game and working with the basketball community and broader community to increase the number of people playing and enjoying basketball in the Far North Region of NSW.”

Cristi Juffermans – Northern NSW 

“Growing up with basketball in my blood, I’m excited to be working with Basketball NSW and promoting the sport that I’m so passionate about.  I can’t wait to get started!” 

Adam Marjoram – Western NSW

“Feeling blessed to come home to my family and continue my journey. Being able to share my love of the game in my home region of NSW where I first started my basketball journey is a blessing.”

Ben Bagoly – Southern NSW

“I am looking forward to joining the team at BNSW as the regional development officer for Southern NSW, to help grow the game through a range of programs for all to enjoy.”

Isabel Forbes – Riverina NSW

“I am very excited to be part of this growth within BNSW and look forward to working with basketball associations across the Riverina to achieve higher participation rates across not only players, but referees, coaches and our entire basketball community.”

In assisting the growth of basketball in Western Sydney, Adam McIntyre, our Technical Officials Development Officer, will hold a dual role and will assist with the delivery of Aussie Hoops and Sporting Schools programs.

Our Regional Development Officers have commenced their employment this week and together with their manager Jacqui Dover our Indigenous, Cultural & Linguistically Diverse Programs Manager will start scheduling holiday camps, basketball clinics, 3×3 tournaments, workshops and courses to be held during the July and October school holidays.

Congratulations to our successful candidates with our Regional Development Officers set to begin work with our associations towards the end of May. 

FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 – NSW Legacy Program pillars:

–   Female Leadership Scholarship Program 
–   Education and participation programs delivered in partnership with Indigenous Basketball Australia and Savannah Pride
–   Delivery of basketball-specific ‘Daughters and Dads’ program
–   Delivery of culturally specific ‘Daughters and Dads’ program delivered in partnership with Savannah Pride
–   School Holiday programs delivered state-wide 
–   3 x 3 Basketball tournaments delivered state-wide

The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is one of the most prestigious competitions in international basketball, featuring the world’s best players from 12 of basketball’s powerhouse nations across Africa, Americas, Asia & Oceania and Europe.

 As the host nation, Australia is an automatic qualifier for the event to be held at Sydney Olympic Park from Thursday 22 September to Saturday 1 October 2022. The 2021 Olympic Champions will also receive automatic qualification, whilst the remaining nations will be determined by international qualifying tournaments in February 2022.

The FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 is supported by the NSW Government through its major events and tourism agency, Destination NSW and the Office of Sport.