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Monday, December 06, 2010

In The News - First female paintball referees

SARAWAKIANS Angie Ng and Kamalia Kamarudin were recognised as trailblazers when they were selected to be officials at paintball’s World Cup Asia 2010 this Friday (26-28 Nov 2010).

Held annually in Kuala Lumpur, the event is one of three internationally-organised World Cup tournaments in the world of paintball. The other two are the World Cup – Orlando (USA) and World Cup – Paris (Europe).

World Cup Asia has attracted teams not only from the Asian region but from Europe and the Pacific as wel.

Ng and Kamalia will be among the first few women to referee paintball sports leagues. Both from Kuching, they will take Sarawak down in the annals of sports history for being the first female officials.


Proud officials: Kamalia (right) and Ng posing with the male marshalls selected for the World Cup Asia 2010 to be held in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.


When dealing with the behaviour of players, which could range from abusive language to the obligatory pat on the back after a favourable call, Ng and Kamalia are no shrinking violets.

“Confrontation is part of being a referee,” they said.

“If the players cross a line they’re not supposed to, then they’ll receive a technical foul – like any player would.

“The biggest challenge will not only be officiating the games, but earning the respect of the players, coaches and fans.

“Rookies, so to speak, have to earn their respect, and that’s what we are going to have to do. We’re up to the challenge.”

For them, it’s just all part of the game.

Ng added: “Playing paintball requires so much mental focus that we don’t think a lot of the players realise a woman is on the field.

“They don’t pay attention to who’s making the calls. They’re only concentrating on whether they get the call right. And that’s how it should be. It should only be about working hard to do the job properly.”

Source: The Star

13 comments:

badman said...

first...? sure not..? ;-P

Caranthir said...

lol! wasn't leeza reffed wca last time?

badman said...

supposedly during wca06, but was among those who were dropped last minute due to 'ref bodies drama'..
not sure abt '08 but angelbear was one of the few local lady refs during wca09...

badman said...

new info...

based on her blog, angelbear did ref in wca08 & wca09..

Caranthir said...

Yea so I did.. She did reffed there. But of course she's from Sabah and Mel and Ng from featured article are from Sarawak.

So, they're the firsts from their states.

badman said...

yeah.. they are among the first, but wca10 was not their first la.. they were already reffing in wca09 also..

anyway, kalau kira as the newly formed 'Asiaref', yeap, the first la kot since it's officially on duty this year.. ;-)

keep on reffing gals...! ;-) \m/

Caranthir said...

Asia Refs ya.. could be.. very catchy..

Muhammad Muhsin said...
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Muhammad Muhsin said...

Dear Caranthir, just for the record, i knew some of the female reff that reff-ed in mpoc 2004 and my-npl 2007 ... some of them are still around ...some of them dah x reff da .. junaidi kalil can verify this .. we used to have this lady from MPAJ for MPOC 2004

badman said...

hmm.. well, if we're talking abt only the wca, these are the lot... but if other major tourneys like mpoc/npl or the earlier asian cup, there were a few others...

Caranthir said...

Inche Muhsin... betul tu. For regular tourneys MPOC, MY-NPL there were a handful of female refs.

The Star features specifically WCA. How bout ISSC? Surely there're female refs as well.

badman said...

ISSC this year.. as far as i know are liza, karen & angelbear...

honey'sboutique said...

tq tq guys for all the comments, we take everything +vely..:) WCA being 1st? sure not....Sarawak? sure is...:)
gabby were the earlier one for WCA...:)