Jun 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Mars departs tomorrow to attend CONCACAF Elite Referees Course
Assistant Referee Venton Mars is scheduled to depart tomorrow to participate in a CONCACAF Elite Referees Course in Los Angeles, California, USA as the Region’s Governing Body prepares itself to host the Gold Cup from July 7.
The Course which runs from July 1-6 will see members of the Elite Panel participate in Fitness Programmes to select the final composition of referees who will officiate in the Cup and Mars, speaking with Kaieteur Sport yesterday via telephone, said he is extremely elated to be part of the Course.
Having attended a similar Course in 2010 along with fellow countrymen Stanley Lancaster and Dion Inniss, Mars will be carrying a lot of experience and knowledge to the Sessions and referred to it as another important step in his career.
“I had the privilege of attending a similar Course in 2010 where I learnt a lot and I’m hoping to apply what I learned then along with some of the new techniques to the Course since I hope to represent Guyana successfully,” Mars told this newspaper.
He pointed out that even though the officials who will officiate in the tournament have already been appointed, the purpose of the Course is to test the fitness levels of those selected to the Elite Panel and should anyone fail then there is a strong possibility that he could become eligible to replace that individual.
In terms of his experience Mars said he has officiated in consecutive Digicel Cup finals, CONCACAF Under-20 qualifiers, both Caribbean Football Union and CONCACAF Champions Leagues and World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, a pretty impressive resume.
The easy going Referee Assistant started his career in 2004 and praised a number of persons for his rise in the sport, especially John Callender, who he mentioned as being chiefly responsible for introducing his to the officiating aspect of the game.
Mars was also high in praise of Referees Instructor Lawrence ‘Sparrow’ Griffith for his encouragement, his place of employment Janico Engineering, especially his CEO Compton Blair and the Management and Staff and most importantly his family.
He also stated how happy he is to still be part of the CONCACAF Elite Panel which according to him is a significant achievement since it is very competitive among the Body’s affiliates.
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