Seven named in Emerging Talent Umpires program

Netball Australia has announced the 2016-17 Emerging Talent Umpire Program squad as part of the National High Performance Umpire Pathway. 

Seven of Australia’s emerging umpires have been selected into the 2016 program where they will be involved in the up-coming Australian Netball League season, attend a camp at the Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence and be involved with the 20/U international series featuring Australia, England and New Zealand scheduled for Canberra in August.

The umpires selected in the Emerging Talent Umpire Program are:

  • Andrea Booth (VIC)
  • Emma Davey (NSW)
  • James Matthews (VIC)
  • Nathan Begley (VIC)
  • Danielle Trowell (ACT/VIC)
  • Justin Barnes (WA)
  • Georgina Sulley-Beales (SA)

Leading ANZ Championship umpire Michelle Phippard has been appointed coach of the program with Josh Bowring, also part of Australia’s ANZ Championship umpiring panel, named assistant coach.

Netball Australia’s General Manager – Netball Workforce – Lainie Houston said the seven were selected based on their performances at the recent 21/U national netball championships along with their progression through the Netball Australia umpire pathway programs.

Matthews and Davey, pictured above, will be exposed to the next level of the umpiring pathway in the first three rounds of the ANZ Championship by being reserve umpire.

“These seven umpires selected in the Emerging Talent Umpire Program have shown dedication to developing and expanding their knowledge, experience, competencies and personal attributes,” Houston said.

“The group will be provided with a strong network of support from their member organisations and Netball Australia and umpiring mentors as they strive to take the next steps in their umpiring careers.”

Main photo courtesy of Grant Treeby