Lucy Turner


Lucy Turner

Occupation: Teacher

Current award and date achieved: A Award – March 2008

Year started umpiring Superleague: 2009 but stopped in 2012 to have my two children

Career highlights:
2009 – Selected to officiate Netball Superleague
April 2011 – Netball Europe Open Champs
Belfast May 2011 – Scotland v Sri Lanka test series
May 2012 – Canadian National Championships

How and when did you get involved in umpiring?

I have been watching and playing netball from a very young age. When I was around 10 I started running the line with a whistle and helping out at training. I was encouraged to take my C Award at 16 and quickly caught the umpiring bug.

What has been your favourite memory on or off court?

There are so many… Fond memories of Palmers Green Netball Club tour to Hemsby in 2001.
So many memories of meeting wonderful people, who all shared a passion for netball.

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

During my warm up I run a lot and have set movements that I rehearse. In recent years I always apply heaps of Tiger Balm.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I am really enjoying umpiring VNSL again. I hope there will be further opportunities to come in the future.

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

There are so many individuals who have inspired, supported and mentored me over the years, and continue to do so. Special mention to June Snellin for knowing me so well and pushing me to greater things. Ultimately my Mum, Maria Mitchell is my biggest influence. She introduced me to the sport and has always been by my side whether playing, coaching or umpiring.

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

Anything with a strong beat and a decent melody. Recently Beyonce and Queen randomly.

Do you have any embarrassing netball moments?

Several… I am often falling over, wearing clothes back to front or inside out. Generally making a fool of myself!

What is the best part about being a Superleague umpire?

The game is growing and it is such an exciting time to be involved with Superleague. It is a privilege to be part of VNSL and work alongside the best team of assessors and umpires.

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

Dream big… work hard… and take the opportunities when you can. Focus on getting the basics right and always remember a smile goes a long way.