Maricarmen Duran, on her way as ambassador of Mexican
TIJUANA, Mexico, August 10 2012 — Maria del Carmen Duran has
become a very important representative of Mexican volleyball as
Duran is the only woman assigned as international officer for
the Norceca Women’s U18 Continental Championship in Tijuana
Mexico. She had the responsibility to make the Referees Oath at
the Opening Ceremony.
She also has been nominated to other international competitions
that have projected her as an ambassador of volleyball and
Mexican sport outside her country.
For the last years she has participated in very important events
such as the XVI Pan American Games of Guadalajara 2011, the
Women’s U20 Pan American Cup in Lima, Peru; and also the London
2012 Olympic Qualifier Tournament, celebrated in Baja
During this last competition she had the chance to alternate
with two other referees of the Norceca region, like Puerto
Rico’s Aixa Sanfiorenzo and Lourdes Perez, from Cuba.
Women’s work as referees has received a very special recognition
by FIVB President, Mr. Jizhong Wei.
An on the same way, Maria del Carmen has worked in grassroots
level competitions in her country such as the National
Elementary School Games, that were celebrated in Monterrey,
Mexico. She was one of the referees assigned to officiate at the
Hence the Norceca Volleyball Confederation has promoted strongly
the work and career of Women in many areas. Tournament referees
are just one task force as a collective effort in favor of
gender equity and a greater integration of women.
Also, International competitions like the U18 Continental
Championship celebrated in Tijuana this august, are a good stage
for some other national referees who like Maria del Carmen wish
to get a chance to prepare and open more doors in this very
important task in volleyball.
“I am very proud for being a referee,” says Duran. “Working in
events like this is big chance for us and I think we can see
more women as referees in a near future, doing a good job like