Saturday 20 July 2024

British referees joining Survival Camp 2023

Bence Szilvagyi

Hi I’m Bence! I’m from Budapest, Hungary but I currently living in Brighton in the UK where I moved with my family in 2016. My basketball gurney began with friends playing basketball at the park. I fell in love with the sport immediately and now I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I always found interesting how referees work but also my former coach was a referee. So I guess it was bound to happen. I picked up the whistle and became a referee in 2017. Up until the 2021-22 season I was only refereeing junior games but in the last two season I’ve stepped up to the Men’s Division 1 league. I will be starting my studies at a university to become an engineer. Along side I have a part time job as a bartender. Most of the time I have off basketball I try to spend it with family and friends. One massive reason I like this job is because I realised how many friends you really gain from it.

Paulina Chyrc

Hi, my name is Paulina 🙂 I come from Wrocław, from Poland, but I was also living in China, and from almost 6 years I’ve been living in London in the UK. My adventure with basketball started when I was 9 years old, I started playing at that time. After I stopped playing I became a table official and from 7 years I’ve been a referee.Currently I referee up to Division 1 Men and WBBL (the top national female league) games. The most funny story I’ve had as a referee is falling down on the floor with a player who jumped at me trying to rescue the ball. Fortunately he was the smallest player on the whole court, other way I’d become a blot. On the same game, which was a crowded Division 1 Men game, I got a birthday wishes through the speaker from the commentator. Other than spending my time on basketball I work as a landscape architect creating exciting projects. I also love travelling and trying new things, new sports. Now I’m looking forward to meet you on the camp :))