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Amber Derrien

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Amber Derrien

Occupation: Part time netball coach and umpire tutor

Current award and date achieved: A Award, November 2008

Year started umpiring Superleague: 2017

Career highlights:

Umpiring first super league match; Team Bath v Severn Stars.

Opportunities to umpire training matches for England Roses and pre-series training match for Jamaica.

How and when did you get involved in umpiring?

My club needed umpires so I went on a course and found I really enjoyed it. That was back in the late 1990s. It all just progressed from there and I’ve never looked back.

What has been your favourite memory on or off court?

Building and working with a team of like-minded, passionate and fun-loving umpires within Middlesex (affectionately known as the MUMPS) who all support each other in their learning and development and are achieving their goals and moving up the officiating ladder and sharing their enjoyment of officiating through mentoring, assessing and tutoring others; and linking them into the wider team white network.

Do you have any pre-match rituals before a game?

To get my focus, I like to review the key notes I have that I am currently working on to enhance my performance.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would like to continue to develop my performance level umpiring within Superleague and to take all opportunities that I can.

Who has had the biggest influence on your umpiring so far?

The inspirational Gary Burgess but also the other umpires within the performance group who all share advice which enhances my umpiring. As well as Margaret Deighan as my mentor as she guides me to review and reflect on my performance.

What is your favourite song to train/work-out too?

I don’t have a particular song but love all 1980s music.

Do you have any embarrassing netball moments?

None that I can recall right now.

What is the best part about being a Superleague umpire?

Being part of a supportive team of hugely experienced and knowledgeable umpires and having the opportunity to officiate such high standard netball.

Finally, what advice would you have for anyone who wants to Umpire in the Superleague in the future?

Listen and learn from all feedback you receive as you progress; ask questions and reflect on your games; seek support to make those 1% gains in your performance which will make the big differences.