Maureen Boyle OAM

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2007Maureen Boyle’s umpiring career began at the age of 12 and spans 30 years.  Hailing from New South Wales (NSW) and Manly-Warringah Netball Association, Maureen earned her C badge in 1968 and elevated to an ‘AA badge’ by 1977, making her one of the youngest umpires to receive this accolade.

The 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, numerous international Test Matches and four World Championships (1987, 1991, 1995, 1999), are a snapshot of the elite netball matches which Maureen has officiated.

Maureen has won numerous awards including the NSW Sports Federation Official of the Year (1996), the inaugural International Federation of Netball Associations, an Order of Australia medal for services to netball (2004) and the prestigious Anne Clark Service Award (1999).

In NSW, Maureen was appointed to the role of Director of Umpiring (1986–1990) and during this time developed and implemented the first junior umpiring program and a range of coaching manuals and visual materials. These pioneering programs are the backbone of the umpiring programs today.

Maureen retired from umpiring in 2000, but continues to play a key role in the development of umpires and umpiring in Australia and internationally. Whether she is working with a junior umpire at the grassroots or developing one of Australia’s elite national pool of umpires, Maureen always display the same high level of interest, enthusiasm and passion for the game.