Friday, March 11, 2011

BSP backs surfing judges for Madang national titles

Judges at the national surfing titles to be held in Madang from March 19 to 25 will ride on a K10, 000 sponsorship from BSP to ensure the championships goes smoothly and champion is chosen.
BSP presented the sponsorship in Port Moresby to the Surfing Association of PNG (SAPNG), which also includes t shirts and hats for the judges.
Tournament director Jason Pini thanked BSP for the timely support saying SAPNG is confident of staging a successful tournament and such support goes a long way in developing all aspects of surfing – the sport itself, its judges and the administration.
“We are so thankful that BSP recognises our ambitions and is supporting the judges who will play a pivotal role in the tournament,” Pini said.
The judges will come from surfing clubs in PNG with Australian Gavin Hensler as head judge. Hensler while overseeing the judging, will also evaluate local judges as they work towards their next level of accreditation.
Pini added that the education of our surfing officials is paramount to the direct success of the competition system.
He explained that the role of a Judge in a surfing contest is to decide which surfer performs closest to the judging criteria in a particular heat.
“It is therefore essential that the judge's have the knowledge, confidence and finally the experience to obtain the correct results,” he said, adding that PNG has 23 qualified surf judges who have can officiate internationally as well.
BSP manager corporate sponsorship Rosemary Mawe said the bank recognises the importance of sports in the country, particularly sports that young Papua New Guineans participate in, and sports such as surfing that also promote tourism and boost local economies when surfers from within and abroad participate.
“BSP is committed to the development of sports in PNG and we are happy to support this event that also promotes PNG on the international market,” Mawe said.
The PNG National Surfing Titles will be hosted by the Tupira Surf Club at Ulingan Bay in Madang, with participation by Central New Ireland Surf Club, Kavieng Surf Club, Sepik Dolfins Surf Club, Sero Board Riders Club (POM), Sunset Surf Club (Vanimo), Taurama Surf Club (POM), Tupira Surf Club, Waromo Surf Club (Vanimo) and Yako Surf Club (Vanimo).

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