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Ref Saukuru Aims To Lift Standard

Apenisa Saukuru aims to help, guide and educate our referees and lift the standard of beach volleyball in Fiji. The 42-year old holds the highest accreditation in the country after
23 Dec 2016 11:00
Ref Saukuru Aims To Lift Standard
Former national beach volleyball rep Apenisa Saukuru.

Apenisa Saukuru aims to help, guide and educate our referees and lift the standard of beach volleyball in Fiji.

The 42-year old holds the highest accreditation in the country after attending the Beach Volleyball International Referees Course at Smuggler’s Cove Resort in Nadi last month.

The Naviyago, Ba native along with four other local referees Akesa Delai, Marica Togayali, Semaima Lagilagi and Josefa Rasigare have all been accredited with different levels of qualifications after  three-day course was conducted by FIVB international referee Stephen Giugni from Australia.

He said, “It’s a privilege, good feeling that also comes with responsibility. I’m now an International Beach Volleyball Referee Candidate and I have to go to a few International tournaments in the Oceania Region before being assigned to world events.

“This means that as an accredited International Beach Volleyball Referee I would be eligible to officiate in world events, world tour, and FIVB sanctioned tournaments and as neutral referee in some case.”

Saukuru has participated in the 2015 Rarotonga Asian Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Olympic Qualifier Phase 2, Oceania Beach Volleyball Championship and at the 2016 12th Vaduz, European CEV Beach Volleyball Men and Women Satellite and the 2016 at the Oceania Beach Volleyball Championship in Fiji

“The number one thing to improve is the beach volleyball rules, the local referees need to know and read the rules. We need to educate the players with the rules because the rules changes in every four-year cycle and sometimes within two years as the game demands.

“Also we need to approach the game in a professional way in our local competitions as how we treat and conduct every set and every match.

“The match protocols from start to end of the match, the court, the net height, net length, the scorers, the line judges, the ball retrievers and administrations.

“In short there’s a lot to improve in the game and to see more of our local Beach Volleyball referees to be successful attaining international accreditation.”

His advice to young people who have talent and wanting to take up Beach Volleyball is they need to believe in themselves and not forget to acknowledge God. To dream big, work hard and smart as a player or as an official.

“Set goals to achieve, that they can become international players and can become international referees if that’s their dream and their goal, nothing is impossible.”

Although faced with challenges he was grateful for those who helped him along the way.

“The biggest challenge was attending the Beach Volleyball IRCC (International Beach Volleyball Referees Candidate Course) looking for sponsors, donors and funds for my airfares and accommodation and thankful to Nemani Vuniwaqa, Oceania Zonal Volleyball Association, Toko ni Funds, Fiji Volleyball and volleyball friends that made it possible.”

He also hopes to officiate in maybe two of the FIVB sanctioned tournament Pacific Harbour, Deuba on March 24-25. Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  litia.tikomailepanoni@fijisun.com.fj

 

 

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