The netball talent in Australia doesn’t stop at the players, with members of our umpiring pool currently representing Australia at the Southeast Asian Games, being held in Kuala Lumpur until August 20.
With three umpires and two umpire coaches getting the call up, the SEA Games are particularly exciting for Western Australia’s Justin Barnes, who heads to the Games on his first international appointment.
“This is my first international appointment and not knowing what to expect excites me as it’s another great opportunity to experience new match play,” said Barnes.
“I must admit some nerves are about but it’s about utilising those nerves in a good way.”
Umpires are nominated by the respective Regional International Testing Panels and the International Netball Federation appoints all umpires and umpire coaches for international events.
“I was humbled and jumping with excitement when I got the email to say ‘congratulations you have been selected’.”
“I’m a big believer in if you put in the hard work, you will get your rewards, and this is a huge reward towards my umpiring journey.”
The experience of international netball is invaluable, whether it’s the first event or you’re a seasoned veteran, and Justin can’t wait to sink his teeth into it.
“I am excited to learn from new coaches and to challenge myself further with different styles of match play and a whole different environment.”
We wish Justin and the following umpires and umpire coaches for their appointments.
Umpires: Nathan Begley, Justin Barnes, James Matthews
Umpire Coaches: Jacqui Jashari & Chris Burton