St. John’s College student blows whistle to start promising career

Posted: November 10, 2021Category: Uncategorized

St. John’s College student blows whistle to start promising career

A St. John’s College student is fast climbing up the ranks as a Basketball referee, with a number of high-profile National Basketball Age Group games under his belt.

Logan Start was selected to umpire the quarter-final and semi-final games at the New Zealand U19 Basketball Nationals earlier this year.

At 18, Logan has been refereeing for the best part of eight years. During this time, Logan has won the title of Sporting Official of the Year four times and officiated a pre-season NBL game this year.

Head of Physical Education, Jason Pearson, says the school is extremely proud of Logan and recognises the “massive contributions” he has made to the sport.

He says they support all students to be the best they can be and are committed to providing Logan with experiences and opportunities that allow him to continue to develop his skills.

“For us, it's about being able to provide a platform for him to develop his skills and support him in that way. It’s cool to see somebody grow as a sports official, but also as a young man at the same time and make good decisions.”

Mr Pearson says Logan comes from a really supportive family of Basketball officials. His father, Wayne, has refereed NBL games, and his two younger brothers, Sam (17-years old) and Danyon (14 years old) are also following in their father’s footsteps.

Logan attributes his family’s competitiveness to his mother, Michelle, who he says, “fosters this” and is “more supportive than anyone he knows”.

He is humbled to have been selected to referee the final games which were televised.

“I was a little nervous and scared, but once you're on the court and the ball goes up, you can't be scared, because then you'll miss the game. Afterwards, I was really happy that I did it.”

Logan takes his role as referee extremely seriously and acknowledges the responsibilities of the role. “You're kind of the glue that holds the game in balance. You have to focus on controlling and managing the players and the coaches in order to keep the game how it’s meant to be played.”

“Like the athletes on the court, he believes it is important for referees to hold themselves to a high standard and “always try to be better because the players are giving it their all”.

His mindset from the start has been about taking every opportunity.

“Every game is different. Every game is an opportunity to do better because you don't know if it's going to be the last time you do it.”

The skills he has gained from being a referee go far beyond the court, he says. “It’s something that builds a lot of skills; helps you be able to relate to people, talk to people and deescalate things.”

Logan appreciates the support he has received at St. John’s. “They really value individuality and people who are doing something different.”

He acknowledges the way in which his teachers, particularly Mr Pearson and Damian Whitten have shown him: “You can do more than you think and it’s when you do something that you realise you’re more capable”.