The group have travelled to Netball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra to spend the next three days at the National Developing Umpire Camp that is being held concurrently with the national camp for 17/U athletes.
Netball Australia’s Head of Sport Development Anne-Marie Phippard said the National Developing Umpire Camp is the third tier and the entry point to the National High Performance Umpire Pathway.
“The camp focuses on providing training and education to Australia’s developing umpires through immersing them in a high performance environment,” Phippard said.
“The umpires will be involved in their own professional development program as well as integrating in the court work and match play sessions with the athletes.”
The umpires taking part are: Jeremy Spindler (ACT), Sarah Hay, Rebecca McKinnon (New South Wales), Kim Chan (Northern Territory), Ashleigh Stevenson (Queensland), Cara Davies, Georgina Sulley-Beales (South Australia), Zoe Wickham (Tasmania), Nathan Begley, Brodie Roberts (Victoria), Justin Barnes, Laura Payne (Western Australia).
The group were chosen after umpiring at last month’s 17/U and 19/U national netball championships at Netball Central in Sydney.
Overseeing the camp is nationally appointed umpire coaches Raechel Richards, Marj Kerslake and Clare McCabe.
Seven mentor coaches – Kerryn McLaughlin, Vince Marzano, Dianne Cocker, Graeme Gilbert, Stewart Ting, Diana Kennedy and Kylie Bell – have also been invited along from the states and territories.
“Netball Australia is committed to providing increased opportunities for high performance umpire coaches and mentors to develop their skills and knowledge,” Phippard said.
“The Developing Umpire Camp provides the perfect development opportunity to expose a number of umpire coaches and mentors from across the country to the high performance environment and provide a suitable professional development program.”