Female Officiating Conference

Basketball NSW is excited to hold the inaugural Her Sport Her Way Female Officiating Conference, free for all registered female technical officials!

The 2023 Conference was a great success, stay tuned to socials for the 2024 edition.


Female Officiating Conference

All registered female technical officials are invited to join us for our free  inaugural Female Officiating Conference and celebration at The Locker Room, in Sydney Olympic Park.

The event promises an immersive and interactive experience including:

  • Lunch
  • Award Presentations
  • Guest Speakers
  • Talk Panels
  • Networking Opportunities

The event is open to all registered female officials aged 13+, but please note, if you are under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you.

If you are carpooling from regional locations, BNSW will reimburse your fuel upon production of your receipt!


11:30am      Arrival and Gift Bag Collection
12:00pm Welcome and Introduction of Her Sport Her Way

 Introduction from Maria Nordstrom

Awards Lunch

MC’s: Zara Baldwin, Sarah Fahey, Caitlin Grove

Maria Nordstrom


1:00pm Guest Speaker 1: Karra-Lee Nolan

Q&A to follow

Interviewed by Steve Clark
2:00pm Guest Speaker 2: Chloe Dalton

Q&A to follow

Interviewed by Steve Clark
3:00pm Panel 1 – BNSW Officials Pathways and Experiences 

Guests: Rylee Bowles, Crystal Dupuche, Riannan De La Torre 

Hosts: Molly Manns, Kaitlyn Neate
3:45pm      Afternoon Tea Break
4:15pm Panel 2 – Females that Have Led the Way

Guests: Lauretta Claus, Michelle Cosier, Trish Nicholls, Alison Ross

Hosts: Gemma O’Grady, Courtney Smith
5:00pm Resilience


Hosts: Caitlin Grove, Rachel Hogan
5:45pm Referee/Life Balance 


    Full-time work


Host: Riannan De La Torre
6:30pm Networking Session All
8:00pm Conclusion and Thank-you’s MC’s: Zara Baldwin, Sarah Fahey, Caitlin Grove
8:00pm      Conference Ends



Chloe Dalton OAM is a professional rugby union player, basketballer, and AFLW player; currently playing for the GWS Giants. She represented Australia in Rugby Sevens, and won a gold medal as a member of the Women’s team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Chloe is also a qualified physiotherapist, the author of the book ‘Girls Don’t Play Sport,’ as well as the founder of The Female Athlete Project – a movement championing females in sport and sharing their stories.


Karra-Lee Nolan is a PDHPE High School teacher, as well as a Rugby League Referee. Her officiating career began after sustaining an injury as a state Hurdler, and she set many first’s for a female official in a male dominated sport. Karra-Lee was the first female to be appointed to a first-grade men’s Grand Final in NSW Country League, and was awarded the prestigious NSW Senior Referee of the Year title in 2019. She has since gone on to officiate at the Festival of World Cups, International 9’s tournament in Samoa, Women’s State of Origin, NRLW Grand Final in 2019, NSWRL Grand Final in 2020, and is a NSWRL High Performance squad member.


Riannan De La Torre is a professional Basketball Referee, representing Australia and FIBA at both domestic and international levels. She is a FIBA licensed official for 5×5 basketball, and is a current FIBA 3×3 official. Riannan has also refereed WNBL, and is a former staff member of BNSW. As well as owning a sports massage therapy clinic, she is the co-founder of a charity working on community projects in remote areas of Cambodia.


Lauretta Claus is known for her dedication to developing statisticians across Australia. Having represented NSW as a player at the U18 & U20 Australian Junior Championships for four years, as well as competing in the WNBL for three years, Lauretta became an accredited NSW referee in 1985 and began her expertise of the sport. She has overseen numerous national and international events as the Statistics Coordinator including the FIBA Women’s and Men’s World Cups in 1994, Wheelchair Basketball World Cup in 1998, Sydney Olympics and Paralympics in 2000 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2018. She has since been elected Director of the BNSW Board, and has been the head statistician for the Sydney Kings since 1988.


Michelle Cosier began her basketball career as a junior, playing for the Young National Team. She continued through to play for the Senior National Team, and played in the WNBL for the Dandenong Rangers, Sydney Uni Flames and Canberra Capitals. Upon her retirement from playing WNBL, she then played AFLW, and currently is a referee for the WNBL. Michelle also works for Basketball ACT, looking after referees and officials.


Trish Nicholls is a distinguished FIBA Licensed Statistician, officiating at national and international levels. In her career, she was appointed to officiate and represent Australia at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Commonwealth Games, Pacific Games, FIBA U17 games, Melanesian Cup, Women World Championships, FIBA Asia Cup. At a domestic level, Trish spent over 20 years on the NBL panel and over 20 years on the Basketball Australia National Statistics Panel. She also served as the BNSW Stats Coordinator for over two decades until 2023, and spent time educating referees and supervising countless events.


Alison Ross has extensive experience in refereeing, referee training and administering referees in all levels of basketball competitions. She has over 50 games under her belt as a WNBL referee, and is a former NBL referee (the third ever female referee in the NBL), and has refereed internationally at FIBA Oceania tournaments. Under her tutelage, Coffs Harbour Basketball Association won the 2019 BNSW Referee Program of the Year, and she has since been appointed as Newcastle Basketball’s Referee Development Manager.


Jayna Bonney is a dedicated referee in NSW, as a Referee Supervisor for Hills Basketball Association for nearly 24 years. She was awarded the Hills Hornets Senior Referee of the Year award in 2023 for her efforts and the high quality of officiating she delivers and oversees. Jayna is currently also a NBL1 East referee.