Jackie Mizon

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Jackie Mizon

Occupation: I work in our family business

Current award and date achieved: IUA, 16th March 2014

Year started umpiring Superleague: 2012

Career highlights:

Achieving my A Award was the key to unlocking the doors that would allow me to be the best umpire I could be. I believe every international appointment is special and officiating at the 2015 Netball World Cup was most definitely a privilege and a great honour.

How and when did you get involved in umpiring?

It was a natural progression as I have played netball since primary school and umpired and coached for many years. I love being involved with the game at every level. I quite simply picked up the whistle and never looked back.

What has been your favourite memory on or off court?

I have had far too many happy times to single out one memory. What I love is the friends I have made from grassroots to around the world who have become my netball family. That’s the real beauty of being involved in doing something you enjoy.

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

Yes, I have a warm up routine that I adapt to fit into the smallest of spaces so wherever I’m umpiring body and mind are ready for the match.

What are your aspirations for the future?

Coaching, mentoring and assessing umpires is the pathway I’d like to take to share my experience and help others achieve their umpiring goals.

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

Anne-Marie Riddle and Yvonne Adshead from Herts Netball were my A Award mentors. They enabled me to develop a solid foundation and think about the game in a way that enabled me to grow into the umpire I am today. I am so very thankful for their help and guidance.

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

Insomnia, Faithless. 8 minutes and 42 seconds of inspiration!

Do you have any embarrassing netball moments?

Every time I attempt to play Centre is embarrassing!!!

What is the best part about being a Superleague umpire?

Being able to work with talented Umpires and Assessors to help the game be the best spectacle and experience for everyone involved is a real positive. That’s what umpiring is all about for me.

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

Work hard, know the rules and always balance performance with approachability. Be resilient to the highs and lows on your pathway towards becoming a happy, confident and consistent umpire. Believe you can achieve your goals and most importantly of all ENJOY the journey!