Netball umpires upgrade skills

THIRTY Bruneian netball umpires upgraded their skills in a Netball Umpiring Course organised by the Ministry of Education, with support from the Australian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam and Netball Australia.

Australian umpire, Dianne Cocker shared her expertise over the three-day course from November 6-8.

Participants yesterday received their course certificates from Nicola Rosenblum, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam at a closing ceremony at her official residence. Also present was Haji Aziz bin Haji Nayan, Acting Director of Co-Curriculum Department at the Ministry of Education.

In a press statement, Rosenblum said, “Sport is a truly universal language that plays an important role in strengthening relations between countries. While we may compete on the court, today netball has brought Australia and Brunei closer together. I am pleased that, through this event, the High Commission has been able to promote the values of sport – competition, team work and fair play.”

Nicola Rosenblum, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam; Haji Aziz bin Haji Nayan, Acting Director of Co-Curriculum Department at the Ministry of Education; and Dianne Cocker in a photo with the participants and other officials

Umpire Dianne Cocker shared that netball is one of the most popular sports worldwide and expressed contentment to be able to part her knowledge with Brunei’s netball.

“Netball is played by more than 20 million people in more than 80 countries worldwide and is particularly popular in Commonwealth nations. In Australia, netball is the most popular women’s sport with an estimated one million players nationwide. I am glad that this week we have been able to share Australia’s expertise and passion with Brunei,” she said.

Netball promotes the social, political, economic, education and health status of women and girls. Netball Australia works in a range of countries to support the development of a strong and well governed international sport that can contribute to positive outcomes in these areas.