Occupation: Business Support Manager
Current award and date achieved: A Award, 9th April 2011
Year started umpiring Superleague: 2016
Umpiring my first Superleague game
How and when did you get involved in umpiring?
I have been involved in netball since school (which is along time ago). When I came to Norfolk in 1992 I helped set up a new team, we needed an umpire to join the league and I was the one that went forward to obtain my C award.
What has been your favourite memory on or off court?
I recently attended the Maccabiah Games in Israel with 5 other EN umpires – an experience I will never forget. Umpiring the games and also seeing a beautiful country.
Do you have any pre-match rituals before a game?
I have a warm up routine that I carry out, I also like to warm up to music.
What are your aspirations for the future?
To continue to be the best umpire I can be for as long as I possibly can.
Who has had the biggest influence on your umpiring so far?
Lots of people have helped and inspired me along my journey… Jan Burke, Sheelagh Redpath, Gary Burgess, Jackie Mizon just to name a few.
What is your favourite song to train/work-out too?
I don’t have a favourite, I usually have a shuffle of Olly Murs, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Steps (I know!)
Do you have any embarrassing netball moments?
A few! But the one that always sticks in my mind. It was at grass roots, umpiring outside and on the side of the court was a grass roller, which I ran into and fell right over… my excuse, my eyes were on the court concentrating on the game!
What is the best part about being a Superleague umpire?
Being part of a close knit netball family, with experienced umpires giving you support and encouragement to enjoy the experience.
Finally, what advice would you have for anyone who wants to Umpire in the Superleague in the future?
Train hard, listen to mentor/assessor and put into practice what advice you are given, but most of all, enjoy! Anything is possible if you put the work in.