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Six of Oceania’s Technical Officials have been appointed with positions at next year’s prestigious Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
- Lynne Nixey – New Zealand – Deputy Referee
- Kelly Hoare – Australia – Umpire
- Trish Gubb – New Zealand – Umpire
- Shevaun Moody – Australia – Line Judge
- Richard Wong – Australia – Line Judge
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
- Justin Zuo – New Zealand – Umpire
- Ravi Nandan – Australia – Line Judge
- Karen Arnold – Australia – Line Judge
- Joshua Ho – Australia – Line Judge
For many players, spectators and technical officials, the Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of sport, therefore, it comes as no surprise to learn about the selected individual’s excitement to officiate in Tokyo.
“It’s a great honour to be appointed as one of the umpires. I was shocked to receive the official letter from the BWF and I can’t remember how many times I’ve read it”
“I am proud to be the sole representative of Oceania in Tokyo where Para-Badminton is being welcomed to the programme for the first time”, says Justin Zuo.
Similarly, New Zealand’s Trish Gubb will umpire in her second Olympics after undertaking her first Olympic placement in Rio 2016. Speaking of Japan’s incredibly popular badminton climate, Gubb is eager to experience umpiring in the badminton-crazed nation:
“I expect an electric atmosphere in Tokyo. Particularity in comparison to my previous Olympic appointment, badminton in Japan has taken off and I’m sure the home crowd will get behind their players to challenge for a place on the podium“, says Trish Gubb.
Meanwhile, Badminton Oceania’s Finance and Administration Manager, Lynne Nixey, is also a BWF certificated Referee and has a strong reputation on the badminton scene. Having previously umpired at two Olympic Games (Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008), Nixey is embracing the challenge to perform as a deputy referee in Tokyo.
“I am very much looking forward to being involved in a completely different role as Deputy Referee”, says Lynne Nixey.