Tara Warner joins international ranks

Hot on the heels of a plethora of NSW umpires officiating on the Commonwealth Games stage and Bronwen Adams being awarded her AA badge, another NSW umpire has been acknowledged!

Tara Warner was awarded an International Umpire Award (IUA) last Sunday 24 August, following the 2014 Australian Netball League Finals.

Warner is the 11th Australian umpire currently on the IUA – the highest accreditation available to umpires – joining fellow NSW officials Rachael Ayre, Jemma Carlton, Helen George, Sharon Kelly, Clare McCabe and Michelle Phippard.

Warner officiated the 2014 DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup Grand Final and her 2014 ANL season culminated in being appointed to the Grand Final.

Appointments to the IUA are for a four-year period, during which time umpires are expected to show ongoing improvement. Towards the end of the four-year cycle IUAs go through an endorsement process to be reappointed for a further four years.

Netball NSW Umpires and Officials Coordinator Jan Simpson said Warner’s hard work had been rewarded with the IUA.

“She got there through great perseverance,” Simpson said.

“[Warner]’s come through every single step of the Netball NSW development pathway for umpires, picking up knowledge wherever she can and using all the tools available to her to push herself to reach the next level; a very deserved appointment.”

Congratulations to Tara on her personal accolade.