From April 10-14, the Pan American Technical Seminar for Female Referees will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in conjunction with the Pan American Junior Championships.
This seminar will feature sessions on three key areas of organization, education and refereeing within the framework of the Pan American Judo Union Executive Committee's plan for the development of women's judo, not only as competitors, but also as referees.
"I'd like to thank Carlos Diaz and the PJU for cohosting the event with USA Judo," said Dr. Ron Tripp, USA Judo President. "This is the first seminar conducted by the PJU specifically for women referees and this is an excellent opportunity for women from both the United States and the Pan American region to come together and we are all looking forward to their arrival in Colorado Springs."
The PJU Refereeing Commission has selected a group of female referees from each of the different PJU national federations to receive all of their expenses paid while attending this seminar, including plane tickets, hotel, meals and a personal allowance.
U.S. participants to this inaugural Women's Seminar include Janet Johnson, Joen Miller, Barbara Shimizu Julie Koyama, Susan Oles and Sharon Landstreet who are receiving funding from USA Judo.
In addition, candidates for the International Judo Federation A Level referee exams have been invited to participate in the seminar.
For the first time in the history of the PJU, six female referees will have the opportunity to test for their IJF A certification, including U.S. referee Johnson.
"This is definitely a significant event for referees in this region of the world. Not only is this a refereeing seminar, but it's important to remember that there are three components that will provide key tools for the participants in this event to advance their involvement in the sport through refereeing as well as education and organization," said Noburu Saito, Chairman of the USA Judo Referee Commission. "I would also like to congratulate all of the U.S. candidates for IJF certification for all of their work and wish them the best of luck with their exams."