Sport

Ref bouncing into spotlight

TIME OUT: Basketball referee Clayton McAndrew has been selected to referee the U20 National Ivor Burge Championships in Launceston, Tasmania. Alan Basford is retiring from refereeing at a senior level. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
TIME OUT: Basketball referee Clayton McAndrew has been selected to referee the U20 National Ivor Burge Championships in Launceston, Tasmania. Alan Basford is retiring from refereeing at a senior level. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

FOR the next week, Ipswich basketball referee Clayton McAndrew will blow the whistle on future Australian Paralympians.

McAndrew is refereeing in the Ivor Burge National Championships which began yesterday in Launceston.

The tournament is for basketballers with an intellectual disability.

It caps off one of McAndrew's best years as a referee, having already controlled a medal game in the Queensland under-18 championships, the D-League women's grand final and in his first QBL games.

"I'm pretty stoked about it all," McAndrew said.

"I've put in a fair bit of effort this year so it's great to be recognised by Basketball Queensland."

McAndrew is the first Ipswich referee to be invited to the tournament since current Ipswich Basketball committee member Alan Basford in 1995.

Basford said McAndrew had become the region's top ref.

"He's done exceptionally well in the last 12 months," Basford said.

"We put a program together to improve the quality of Ipswich referees and Clayton was one of the first involved in that."

Basford said refereeing at a national level at the Ivor Burge would only continue to help McAndrew grow.

"It will definitely help him as a ref," Basford said.

Refereeing has changed McAndrew's life, after he lost 30kg to be fit enough to referee at the state's highest levels.

"I had a back operation and put on a fair bit of weight after that when I wasn't able to exercise," he said.

"I've used that as motivation to really get into shape to ref.

"You can't be out of shape and referee. We've got to be sprinting up and down the court with the players all game."

Following his strong season in 2012, he was upgraded by Basketball Queensland from a panel five to panel four referee, allowing him to take up the whistle at higher levels of basketball.

"It's a goal of mine this year. I'm hoping to go up a level and become more of a regular QBL-level referee."

For the next week he will be refereeing teams from across Australia.

"It's a pretty strong competition. The players are very athletic," he said.

While McAndrew is attempting to take his refereeing to a higher level at the QBL, he is also helping develop future refs in Ipswich.

"I help referee local fixtures as a way of training," he said.

"It's helps junior refs and it lets me give back to the local game."

Topics:  basketball




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Eagles raid Brothers as Fassifern stay firm

Rugby League

Results from round four of the IRL

Silver lining as Jets shot down by Mackay

GRITTY PERFORMER: Ipswich Jets speedster Nemani Valekapa is hoping to spend more time on his feet helping Queensland Residents beat their NSW rivals next weekend.

Mackay disappointment hurts Ipswich’s title hopes

CMC Rocks to return to Ipswich in 2017

Chase Rice and his band perform for fans at CMC Rocks at Willowbank. Photo: Inga Williams / The Queensland Times

CMC Rocks bring their 10th anniversary show back to Willowbank.

Latest deals and offers

James Legan on thrilling Force win

James Legan.

Ipswich Force captain James Legan shares his excitement with David Lems after a...

Bree Farley looks ahead

Queensland Basketball League match Ipswich Force v Toowoomba. Bree Farley. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times

Ipswich Force and national league player Bree Farley chats to David Lems about the...

Man thanks colleagues for saving his life after forklift incident

Bruce O'Grady returned to his Wulkuraka workplace on Thursday to thank his workmates that saved his life after a workplace accident in January. (clockwise from left) Trent Court, Chris Aiken, Dale Ward and Scott Blackwell.

Ipswich paramedics have praised the workplace health and safety focus of a local...

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances