Pictured: Christy P. Villaflor (Northern Marianas, left) and Taurea Mara (Tahiti, right)
Congratulations to the following BWF Line Judges for being appointed to the 2023-2026 rotation:
- Ravi Nandan (AUS)
- Karen Arnold (AUS)
- Christy P. Villaflor (MNP)
- Taurea Mara (TAH)
- Lok Yun Loi (AUS)
From the list above, Ravi and Karen have been renewed for a second term and are two of the most experienced line judges in the continent.
A notable milestone in the 2023-2026 roster is the inclusion of Christy and Taurea who become the first BWF Line Judges from Oceania to reside outside of Australia and New Zealand.
“Christy and Taurea are Pacific Umpires with aspirations to further their qualifications. This opportunity will enable them to attend and learn from the world’s biggest events, where they will be on court with the top umpires and players. Their appointment is testament to the increased technical officials training programmes in the Pacific Islands, where we hope to see more representatives gaining BWF status in the future”, says Julie Carrel.
They will join the five existing BWF Line Judges who were included in the 2021 – 2024 cycle:
- Ian Fernandez (AUS)
- Pauline Eldred (AUS)
- Shevaun Moody (AUS)
- Simon Joe Yin Fee (NZL)
- Renee Yi Cui (NZL)
Find out more about Technical Officials in Oceania here.