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Rachael Radford

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Rachael Radford

Occupation: HR Business Partner Manager

Current award and date achieved: A Award 2010

Year started umpiring Superleague: 2014

Career highlights:

Selection for Netball Europe U17 and Maccabiah games in 2017 & 2013. Inclusion into the Superleague cohort of umpires for the last 3 years.

How and when did you get involved in umpiring?

My club needed umpires and my name was put forward – my friends and Mum thought I’d enjoy it.

What has been your favourite memory on or off court?

The team spirit (and support) with all the umpires I have the privilege to take the court with.

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

Listening to my netball warmup playlist.

What are your aspirations for the future?

To continue to enjoy umpiring, continue to learn and develop with the support of co umpires, assessor and my mentor.

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

Three people, Linda Rogers – my early umpire support. Carol Fletcher who gave me the confidence and encouraged me to achieve my goals. Kim Burns for continuing to push me in learning and developing now.

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

Coming Home – Sigma & Rita Ora

Do you have any embarrassing netball moments?

None that I recall and would like to keep it that way.

What is the best part about being a Superleague umpire?

All of it.

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

Work hard, listen to those people around you and believe in yourself.