NSW’s Emma Davey has this week been recognised as one of Australia’s emerging umpiring talents, receiving her AA badge; the first Australian to do so in 2016, joining only nine other current AA’s in the High Performance Program of the Netball Australia High Performance Pathway.
The AA Badge represents the culmination of years of hard work for Davey.
“This means a lot to me. It has shown that resilience, hard work and persistence does pay off,” Davey said.
“It is lovely to reach the next stage in your umpiring career and for someone to say your hard work was worth it. It is the start of a new journey for me.”
Umpiring since she was 12 years-old, netball has always been a part of Davey’s life. Poignantly, it has been 25 years this month since Davey’s mum was awarded her AA Badge.
For Davey this was crucial to her success as an umpire as well as her passion for the game.
“Remember where you came from. I grew up on the side of a netball court and netball quickly became my passion. If you are passionate about something you will want to continue to perform,” Davey said.
“My love for the game is what keeps me going.”
In 2016, Davey has already been involved with the 21/U National Netball Championships, the Australian Netball League and is a member of the 2016 Emerging Umpire Program.
Looking ahead, Davey is excited by the prospects that the new national netball league will bring to netball in Australia and the journey that this will take her on.
“It’s exciting to be a part of. I’m continually amazed at what those girls can do,” Davey said.
“I’ve watched them grow up and umpired them along their journey. They (the players) are in the same mental state I am. We are all aiming to achieve and better ourselves.”
The AA Badge reflects excellence in umpiring, where professionalism, accuracy of decisions, reaction time between infringements and decisions, levels of communication and umpiring techniques are all given the closest possible scrutiny.
Congratulations to Davey and we look forward to following her journey into 2017 and beyond.
There are many opportunities to become involved as an umpire in Netball, with clear pathways and support structures available for those aspiring to officiate at the highest level.
To start your umpiring journey today, contact your state or territory member organisation. Or check out the umpiring resources and courses available on our website.