New South Wales umpires have been included in Netball Australia’s confirmation of the 2016 High Performance Umpire Program and Coaching Appointments.
ACT-based NSW umpire Rachael Ayre alongside Helen George and Michelle Phippard will return to the elite arena to officiate the 2016 ANZ Championship.
The trio will be joined by Clare McCabe and emerging talents Bronwen Adams and Tara Warner, with all three also confirmed to officiate the 2016 Australian Netball League (ANL). McCabe, Adams and Warner will have one of the best in the business to learn from with reigning Australian Umpire of the Year Sharon Kelly confirmed as one of three ANL Umpires Coaches.
Netball Australia also confirmed Phippard will be the Emerging Talent Umpires Program Head Coach, with NSW’s Hayley Burgess, Emma Davey and Rebecca McKinnon included in the 11-strong group who will officiate the 21/U National Netball Championships in Tasmania next March. Along with officiating at Nationals, individuals from the Emerging Talent Umpires Program may also be called up to officiate the ANL, or reserve umpire during the 2016 ANZ Championship.
NSW is also well-represented in the Developing Umpire Program, in which targeted individuals are recognised for their potential and will officiate at the 17/U and 19/U National Netball Championships in Perth in April.
Thomas Turner, Sarah Hay, Tayla Favell, Tamara Welsford and Kim Chan (now based in NT) have been included in the 19-strong group who will receive coaching throughout the six-day tournament.
Netball Australia’s Head of Community Strategy and Netball Development Anne-Marie Phippard said the panel contains a wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of umpire development.
“We are proud that Australia’s umpires are already acknowledged as among the best in the sport and that our umpiring program is world-class,” Phippard said.
“It’s fantastic to assemble a coaching panel who will play a vital role in developing our next generation of umpires.”
Netball Australia also wishes to acknowledge and pay tribute to the outstanding contribution made to umpire development both in Australia and overseas by Chris Burton OAM and Maureen Boyle OAM.
The pair have been involved in Netball Australia’s umpire programs at all levels for more than three decades and both will leave an indelible legacy on the sport as high performance umpire coaches.
“Chris’ ability to look at umpiring from a players’ perspective, having proudly represented her country at two Netball World Cups, revolutionised the way the game was officiated,” Phippard said.
“Maureen has made a tremendous contribution to the sport, not just through her many umpiring roles, but also in developing valuable education resources and to the rules of netball at an international level.
“Chris and Maureen will continue to work with Netball Australia in the area of umpiring as expert consultants and we value what they have contributed to the programs over a number of years.”
The first High Performance Umpire camp for 2016 involving the AA/IUA badged umpires will be held in Sydney between 6-7 February.
High Performance Umpire Coaches:
- Emerging Talent Umpire Program Head Coach: Michelle Phippard
- Emerging Talent Umpire Program Assistant Coach: Josh Bowring
- Developing Umpire Program Head Coach: Jacqui Jashari
- Developing Umpire Program Assistant Coaches: Di Cocker, Raechel Richards, Marj Kerslake
|Netball Australia High Performance Umpire Program|
|Coaches: Jacqui Jashari, Annette Smith, Janelle Derrington
Assistant Coaches: Sharon Kelly, Di Cocker, Raechel Richards
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Netball Australia Emerging Talent Umpire Program
|Head Coach: Michelle Phippard
Assistant Coach: Josh Bowring
Netball Australia Developing Umpire Program
|Head Coach: Jacqui Jashari
Assistant Coaches: Di Cocker, Raechel Richards, Marj Kerslake