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Stuart McErlain-Naylor

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Stuart McErlain-Naylor

Occupation: Researcher (Sports Biomechanics)

Current award and date achieved: A Award, November 2014

Year started umpiring Superleague: 2018

Career highlights:

Being selected for 2018 VNSL

2017 U17 Netball Europe

2017 Canadian National Championships

How and when did you get involved in umpiring?

I used to play High 5 for my Mum’s club at U11, and then took up umpiring more and more to stay involved in the sport as my playing opportunities as a male became limited.

What has been your favourite memory on or off court?

In the past year I have umpired in Australia, Canada, and Northern Ireland. Travelling and meeting new people whilst doing what I love has been a wonderful experience full of memories that I’ll never forget!

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

I don’t have any superstitions, but my preparation, nutrition, and warm up have to be precise starting at least the day before.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I want to be the best umpire I can be. Hopefully that means umpiring the highest possible standard of matches as an international umpire.

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

It has to be my parents, both for introducing me to netball, and for the ongoing support in everything I do. Other than that, Kim Burns and Elaine Douris were enormously helpful in mentoring me to my B and A awards, and likewise Heather Gleadall more recently.

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

The first track on my warm up playlist is ‘Till I Collapse by Eminem and Nate Dogg.

Do you have any embarrassing netball moments?

I missed the last six weeks of last season after tearing my hamstring whilst putting my sock on… I don’t think I’ll ever be allowed to forget that.

What is the best part about being a Superleague umpire?

The opportunity to challenge myself and to allow our elite netballers to showcase their incredible skills and athleticism.

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

Put in the hard work and it will pay off! Watch and talk to other umpires as much as possible. Absorb what is useful, disregard what is useless, and add what is uniquely yours.