As we quickly approach the end of another season, netballnsw.com is asking some of those in our netball community to share their favourite netball moments from 2013.
Today netballnsw.com catches up with umpire Jemma Carlton, who became the youngest official to be awarded her International Umpires Award (IUA) who shares one of her favourite moments from this year.
What is Jemma Carlton’s netball moment of 2013?
“It’s hard for me to pick just one favourite memory from this year – it’s been such an amazing year for me personally! – but I was able to dwindle it down to two.
The first was being awarded my IUA in Round One of the ANZ Championship. Having the opportunity to officiate the ANZ Championships has been a highlight of my umpiring career, and 2013 was my third year umpiring at this level.
Before every match I umpire I feel the nerves, and the first match of the season you always feel them a little more. I was umpiring NSW Swifts vs West Coast Fever – always an intense match given the history between the two clubs – and was so focused on the game that I didn’t notice the assessors (Maureen Boyle and Chris Burton) were watching the game.
At the end of the match, my co-umpire and I went back into the Umpire Change room and, to our surprise, Maureen and Chris were hiding in there! They announced that I had been successful in obtaining my IUA – the highest award for an umpire – and I was just over the moon! It was totally unexpected, but a very pleasant surprise to open the season.
My second favourite memory leads on from obtaining my IUA. The 2013 World Youth Netball Championships was my first international appointment of an International Netball Federation (INF) organised event.
I had never been to the UK before so naturally I was excited when I received the invitation. The experience was great, and travelling with my close umpiring friends from Australia, such as NSW umpire Helen George, was a bonus.
One of the toughest games I umpired was New Zealand vs Bermuda. The score was something like 120-17, and it was physically and mentally challenging in that you had two completely different skill sets and levels of ability.
We also had some free time during the tournament so I had the opportunity to explore Glasgow from time to time. There is a lot of construction going on in preparation for the Commonwealth Games next year; it’s a very exciting time to be in Glasgow!”
Have you read what some of our other Netball NSW identities have shared as their favourite moments?
NSW Swift Paige Hadley on her incredible debut season…
NSW coach Moira Gaha highlights special moments with different teams…
The new competition that lit up Netball NSW Board Executive Carol Murphy’s year…
Keep your eye on netballnsw.com for more netball stories over the next couple of weeks – you can also join in the conversation by telling us your favourite netball moments from 2013.
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