Jacqui Dover of the NBL has reached new heights, having been selected for the NBA Referee Development Program.

Dover was selected as one of six referees to participate in the program, where she
be based in New York as a trainee NBA referee.

Dover was the first Indigenous woman to umpire an NBL game and worked for the WNBL, NBL1 and Basketball NSW as responsible for diverse Indigenous, cultural and language programs.

Jacqui Dover. Photo provided by Twitter.

Proud woman Yugambeh will work in the referee operations department of the NBA office in New York.

Dover said she hopes her story can inspire future generations of public servants.

“I wasn’t really expecting the coverage of my first game last season, but if that means there will be young officials, native or not, women or men, who now want to make it a path, I think that it’s worth it, ”she said.

Dover said she mostly looks forward to exposure to America’s top referees.

“It’s kind of an opportunity for me to be exposed to the system out there and how it works and its rules, and then to have access to people like Monty McCutchen and all the guys who were referees in the NBA and who now work for the NBA in the ref department, ”she said.

Dover will continue to officiate NBL games until she moves to New York in mid-January next year.

By Teisha Cloos

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