Umpires striving for excellence

2014 17/U and 19U National ChampionshipsThe next generation of talented umpires will have an opportunity to learn from some of the best over the next fortnight at two national camps being run at Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra.

The camps are an important part of Netball Australia’s High Performance Umpire Pathway and also coincide with the national 17/U and 19/U athlete camps, also at the Centre of Excellence.

The Developing Umpire Program is the entry point to the National High Performance Umpire Pathway and participants to attend this week’s camp were chosen after last month’s 17/U and 19/U National Netball Championships.

That group is Rebecca McKinnon (NSW), Laura Payne (Western Australia), Tasmanian pair Ruth Davies and Zoe Wickham and Victorian duo Danielle Trowell and James Matthews.

Netball Australia’s Umpire Development Manager Lainie Houston said in addition to match play sessions, there is a strong focus on holistic development with umpires attending sessions with athletes on areas such as strength and conditioning, nutrition, wellbeing and recovery.

2014 17/U and 19U NationalAustralian coach Lisa Alexander will also be on hand to impart her coaching expertise to the national and state based umpire coaches in attendance at both camps.

In two weeks six umpires from the Emerging Talent Umpire Program – the second tier on National High Performance Umpire Pathway – will head to Canberra when the 19/U national camp is being run.

That group of New South Wales trio Bronwyn Adams, Hayley Burgess and Emma Davey, Victorian pair Andrea Booth and Ashleigh Anderson and Natasha Tassone (WA) will undertake a range of activities designed to support their holistic umpire development.

They’ll be under the guidance of current ANZ Championship umpires Rachel Ayre and Michelle Phippard, who have been appointed as coaches alongside the state-based umpire coaches. _MCA7368Li

“These talented umpires are committed to becoming the best that they can be both on and off the court,” Houston said.

“Being chosen in the National High Performance Umpire Pathway gives them access to a range of top level programs that will assist in their drive towards continuous self-improvement.

“From a high performance perspective, having our up-and-coming athletes and umpires all working together at these camps will only benefit both programs going forward to ensure Australia remains the best in the world.”