Derek Pascoe is Junior Referee of the season for the Gladstone Junior Basketball Association. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer
Derek Pascoe is Junior Referee of the season for the Gladstone Junior Basketball Association. Photo Tom Huntley / The Observer Tom Huntley

Passion drives young coach

PASSION for his game and his club is what got Derek Pascoe in to refereeing.

And it is what led the 17-year-old to be named Gladstone Junior Basketball Association's junior referee of the season.

"I wanted to put back in to the association what I was getting out of it," Derek said.

"You can't play without refs."         

Now four years later, he said he was as passionate about refereeing as he was playing the game.

Derek said he was in the position now, as a level one referee, to coach young referees.

"I like to show young referees that it's not just about players on the court it's about the referee and how they can positively or negatively impact the game."

He said the up and coming refs he coached in Gladstone were the biggest reason he was so proud to win referee of the season.

"It felt good to get that recognition for all the work I've done but the biggest thing is the kids I referee coach.

"They use me as a role model.

"That is what I like about getting the referee of the season award."

Being a referee has also made Derek a better basketballer.

"I have a respect for referees and how hard it is to make calls.

"It helps me understand what parts of my game are legal or illegal and what I am and am not allowed to do as a player," he said.

Derek has refereed two men's grand finals, junior grand finals and central district competitions but the hardest game he has ever had to ref was a state title where they mixed up the draw and he ended up refereeing a Gladstone team.



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