Busy Bee Sarty’s Stock Rises

Sarty Nghixulifwa is realising her dream of officiating at elite international basketball competitions.

Since acquiring her International Basketball Federation [Fiba] referees licence in May last year, Nghixulifwa has officiated at the African Club Championships in Morocco last December.

She followed that up with another notable assignment at the 2014 Fiba under-17 Women’s World Championships that took place in the Czech Republic from 28 June to 6 July.

The ambitious Nghixulifwa said she enjoyed her stint in Morocco so much that she could not wait for her next assignment.

“It was great and I learnt a lot. There is still so much to learn and I am excited at acquiring more knowledge. People were friendly and the competition was quite tough,” Nghixulifwa said.

“Angola won the championships as expected, because they had little competition. I was referee in the game for third place between Kenya and Nigeria, which was a good opportunity for a first timer.”

The perfectionist that she is, Nghixulifwa not been carried away by her new found status. Instead, she is keen on being involved in as many more tournaments as possible in order to improve her profile.

The Vienna-based 30 year-old, who regularly rubs shoulders with some top personalities in the sport internationally, has impressed her assessors with the progress she has made over the past two years.

“The technical director of Fiba (Africa) Julien Farran said that I was the ambassador to Africa and I must represent the continent as we were only two from Africa who were nominated to the [u17] World Championships,” said Nghixulifwa.

“I am the second female referee in Africa to be nominated to such big games, for me that was an honour. The games were a dream come true, I had the experience of a lifetime. I met referees from all over the world and got to share many things.

“I was given the semi-final game between USA and Hungary that is a big achievement for someone who had just got their Fiba licence the previous year. I was commended for my performance and am happy with my progress,” shed added.

Making the shortlist of officials for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio remains her biggest ambition, however there are a number of shorter term goals that could propel her to making it to South America’s first ever Olympics.

“I have not received any nominations yet but I am rooting for the [Fiba] World Championships again next year. Other than that I am just preparing for the next season. I am officially a referee for the First Division here in Austria after a long struggle. This will most definitely ensure me faster worldwide recognition,” she said.

Source : The Namibian