Ann-Marie Atkins

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Ann-Marie Atkins

Occupation: Managing Partner Financial Planning

Current award and date achieved: A Award, 2006

Year started umpiring Superleague: 2016

Career highlights:

Thunder v England friendly – contested game!

How and when did you get involved in umpiring?

I had a car accident in 2002 and could not play for 6 months and kept going to watch my team. The juniors were short an umpire and I was asked to help as I knew the rules. I picked up a whistle and have never looked back. Turns out I am a better umpire than a player…. More patience.

What has been your favourite memory on or off court?

I love the social aspect and friends I have made and also how I challenge myself and progress as I use skills learnt in netball in work.

My first A award conference holds happy memories of getting to know all the successful umpires I now work with today. Those still with us as some have actually retired or passed away.

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

Hip flexor stretch and a loo break!

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would love to progress in Superleague and for players and coaches to be happy with my umpiring.

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

Andrea Partridge got me to my B award then helped me with my A, she has been a huge help. Along with Rachel Radford, seeing her progress and build her confidence has been a real pleasure.

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

I love House Music! Pete Tonge Ibiza Classics!

Do you have any embarrassing netball moments?

I umpired a whole U21 game with my skirt on inside out…

What is the best part about being a Superleague umpire?

Learning more and application of the rules at a high level. Seeing the game at this level and being involved.

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

Listen, reflect, drive yourself and always believe you can do it.