There will be plenty of NSW stars on show at the 2019 National Netball Championships in Brisbane this week, but it won’t just be the playing talent strutting their stuff at one of the most important events on the calendar.
While the Nationals provide a fantastic pathway opportunity for athlete exposure and talent identification, they are also a stage on which the best up and coming umpires get to display and hone their skills.
Like the rest of Australia, NSW has a long history of producing quality umpires and officiating at Nationals is a key milestone on the Netball Australia performance pathway. This year NSW will be providing four umpires for the Championships, which take place at the Queensland State Netball Centre from Thursday to Tuesday, 11-16 April.
Tamara Welsford (Penrith Netball Association), Tayla Favell (Baulkham Hills Netball Associaton), Jordan Kiss (Gosford Netball Association) and Shauna Winchester (Ku-ring-gai Netball Association) are all Brisbane bound in the coming days with a big week of action ahead.
All four have gained huge experience in the Netball NSW Premier League, while both Welsford and Favell were named in the Netball Australia Emerging Talent Program last year.
The program is the first tier on the national High Performance Umpire Pathway, focusing on the development of emerging officials by enabling them to undertake professional development and identified training activities under the guidance, and with the support of both Netball Australia and their Member Organisation – in this case, Netball NSW.
Netball NSW would like to wish our four umpires the very best for the 2019 Nationals and look forward to seeing their continued development.