It was a hectic time for the QLD Director of Gateball Referees, Margaret Barnard, at the recent State Gateball Championships held at Ipswich Croquet Club 17-19th September. Many players have been very keen to become qualified referees which augurs well for Gateball. There were 7 players who had passed the Level 2 Theory Examination which was held earlier in June at the annual MSOB Gateball Tournament at Southport Croquet Club. The next step for them was to be assessed on their practical knowledge of the rules by being observed refereeing Gateball games at the State Championships.
The successful candidate were presented with their badges by the CAQ Vice President, Pat Habner. Congratulations go to all seven of them from 3 Clubs. They are Kathie Grant, Dianne and Peter Sweet from Southport, Chris Kele from McIlwraith, Fran Buckle, Christine Roose and Nancy Scamp from Eildon. It is hoped that their success will inspire more players to take on the study and guidance needed to achieve the Level 2 Gateball Referee badge.
Gateball in QLD has received so much benefit from the dedicated work by Margaret Barnard who is an International Referee. She has been readily available to oversee the theory and practical exams in order to ensure the quality of referees remain high within the QLD State. Unfortunately, Margaret is standing down after 4 years of the demanding tasks she has had to carry out as State Gateball Director of Gateball Referees.
On behalf of all of the QLD Gateball players, I extend a sincere thank you, Margaret, for the tremendous work you have done for Gateball.