Occupation: Pastoral Support Officer
Current award and date achieved: IUA, 2014
Year started umpiring Superleague: 2014
Glasgow Commonwealth Games Gold/Silver Final
World Championship Sydney Australia v New Zealand
African Championship, Malawi Gold/Silver Final
How and when did you get involved in umpiring?
I was introduced to officiating through a old friend who asked if I would help make up playing numbers for a practice session. Having arrived at the venue early Sunday morning I found out that it was an umpiring course…never looked back.
What has been your favourite memory on or off court?
There are loads of memories but there has to be two which stand out more:
1. Standing on top of Table Mountain – South Africa
2. Taking a water taxi from Parramatta to Sydney Harbour
Do you have any pre-match rituals before a game?
Yes this has been pretty much the same as in warm up prep. Now I also take in the spectators once I enter their playing area. Just a glance around to get a sense of the atmosphere.
What are your aspirations for the future?
To keep doing what I enjoy, I am still passionate about my delivery in every game.
Who has had the biggest influence on your umpiring so far?
The assessors play a major role and are all influential, the key is to bring those influences into the game, and be able to use them to your advantage as and when required.
What is your favourite song to train/work-out too?
Nothing particular but I do enjoy listening to the albums by the ‘Weekend’.
Do you have any embarrassing netball moments?
I forgot my whistle on the chair once but one person realised… I wonder if they remember.
What is the best part about being a Superleague umpire?
The focus and intensity and standard of play has increased, so this helps to raise your game. To be able to register different situations make good and fare judgement and maintaining high standards.
Finally, what advice would you have for anyone who wants to Umpire in the Superleague in the future?
There is no rush learning, it is like rearming a trade, develop consistently in your delivery. Criticism is a good thing if applied to your game. Finally it’s never too late to progress with it.