WDNA runs a very successful umpiring academy, consisting of a squad and a green shirt program. This allows umpires of all abilities from the very beginner to the highly experienced to continue to develop their skill set.
As the AUDO for WDNA I bring a wealth of netball experience as a player, coach and umpire.
Starting my netball career in the UK, I played for a local league where the requirement was if you played- you umpired. Not only did this help you understand the rules of the game and appreciate the technicalities of the sport but also helped instill a sense of respect for officials. Umpiring is certainly not as easy as some umpires make it look and it’s only by taking up the whistle that you can truly appreciate the role of the official.
I was lucky enough to spend a number of seasons playing for my County (Gloucestershire) where we traveled the UK playing other counties. After moving to Australia I started to umpire Socially until I had my three children, currently 11, 13 & 14. I found it really hard to get back into netball and started umpiring at a local indoor centre to regain my fitness and there I found my love of netball again. It was whilst playing socially that I was recruited to play for a WDNA club and from there decided to enquire about umpiring. I was accepted into the WDNA squad and subsequently identified for the State League Squad. In 2016 at the age of 35, I achieved my National A Badge. In 2019 I was awarded The Umpire Achievement Award by Netball WA for my work with the WDNA Umpiring Academy.
My Australian umpiring journey started when I was 30 years old, it’s never too late to pick up a whistle and I am an advocate for all players, coaches and spectators learning the art of officiating and developing the respect for officials.
My role as the Umpiring Development Officer for WDNA is to help develop all umpires whatever their current skill level. From the beginner to the seasoned umpire, WDNA run workshops, clinics and umpiring programs to suit your needs. My role also includes working with clubs to help educate members on the rules, offer opportunity for further development to those umpires not wishing to be a part of squad, BUT I cannot do this role without guidance from the clubs and their input on what services you need me to provide.