20 cricket umpires, players and administrators attended the 3rd Umpires Certificate course on Monday run by the visiting ‘elite panel’ umpire.
In thanking Gillies for his efforts, Arorangi cricket stalwart Apii Mamanu said it had been refreshing to attend an umpires course to learn about the different umpires, their roles and how to set a high level of professionalism.
Umpire co-ordinator Oliver Syme commented how it was inspiring to hear about Gillies umpiring experiences in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, noting that there are a lot of opportunities for aspiring umpires.
Gillies said that it was a pleasure to contribute to the growing interest in umpiring in the Cook Islands and was happy to report that all 17 who sat the exam passed.
Gillies confirmed he is looking forward to a potential return visit next year.
With a six-a-side competition and the Cook Islands Games coming up soon the newly qualified 3rd Umpires will have plenty of opportunity to perfect their new found skills.
Congratulations to Oliver Syme, June George, Daena Kataina, Marii Kaukura, Memory Kauvai, Punanga Kaveao, Amelia Moetaua, Apii Mamanu, Phillica Maruariki, Benedicta Matapo, Sala Matapo, Tina Mato, Tai Nelio, Te (Front) Ngamata, Tereora Ngamata, Lacynthia Rani and Alister Stevic for attaining the Certificate in 3rd Umpiring.