Young referee paves way for future career

FIFTEEN-year-old referee Connor Westwood has returned home from New Zealand as the sole Tasmanian and youngest representative in the Mel Young Easter Basketball Classic.

The Sacred Heart College student from Tranmere was chosen from 85 referees across Australia and New Zealand to officiate in the under-19 Women’s Division A gold medal match.

He finished as one of the top referees in the tournament and overall in Australia for his age.

Connor said it was a great experience.

“It was truly an amazing opportunity as I did not think I would be in the running as I was only 15 and they normally only take you from 18-years of age,” he said.

“I was lucky to have been chosen and as it was in a different country, I feel it really set me up for things to come.”

Connor began to referee when he was eight-years-old.

“My first game was a nerve-wracking experience, but afterwards I felt like it was something I would enjoy and was keen to get back into it straight away,” he said.

Connor said he had now set his sights on refereeing for the National Basketball League.

Caption: Connor Westwood in action. Photo credit: Tameka Oldham Photography.

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