Rarotonga, Cook Islands, April 9, 2015 – FIVB Referee Instructor Mr David Smith arrived Rarotonga, where he was welcomed in traditional Cook Islands style. He was taken to the office of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee(CISNOC) before being taken to his accommodation.
The VCP FIVB Referees Course official opening and welcome was held on Friday, April 10 as part of Instructor David Smith checking the venue and course material. The course started on Monday, April13 and ran all week until April 17.
As part of the course the participants put what they had been taught into practice when they provided Refereeing duties, including linesperson and score duties during a local indoor competition.
During the closing ceremony and presentation of certificates to all participants, the first Cook Islands Volleyball Referees Commission was officially formed with the election of office bearers.
Volleyball President, Mr Hugh Graham congratulated the new commission, saying that this is what the FIVB was all about, it is about providing opportunities and challenges where NF’s like the Cook Islands can take the advantage that you have taken in forming the Referees Commission… this is the legacy created as a direct result of this VCP FIVB Referees Course.
The closing ceremony proved an emotional moment for FIVB Referee Instructor when he was asked to speak to all the participants after receiving gifts from the participants. “You have truly made my short stay with you, sharing what I have learnt in my many news as a FIVB Referee Referees Instructor a very memorable one, one that I was treasure for many years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many gifts.
Cook Islands Volleyball President Mr Hugh Graham, expressed his appreciation again to Mr David Smith, “ the gifts you have received from the participants, is their way of saying thank you very much, a tradition passed on from their parents and a way of life for us here in the Cook Islands….
“ The challenge now to the new Referees Commission is to continue what we have witnessed today, to see a Cook Islander someday Refereeing on the international volleyball stage.
Already we are looking at sending one or two referees to the Pacific Games that will be hosted by Papua New Guinea from July 4 to 18 this year. Even though the Cook Islands are only sending a men’s beach volleyball team, we want to give our Referees the opportunity to Ref at the Oceania region level.
Finally Cook Islands Volleyball would like to thank the FIVB Development Department Team, especially Kim Latty for all the help.