Top accolades for two emerging umpires

_MCA6537LiTwo of Australia’s bright young umpiring prospects have taken the next steps in their careers after being recognised with significant accolades.

Tara Warner has become the latest Australian to be presented with the International Umpire Award – the highest recognition that an umpire can receive.

Bronwen Adams, who is part of Netball Australia’s Emerging Talent Umpire Program, has received her All Australia (AA) badge after impressing the testing and endorsement panel during national tournaments this year.

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.

_MCA6016LiBoth umpires were officially recognised by Netball Australia president Noeleen Dix after the Australian Netball League Grand Final in Melbourne.

Ironically, Warner also received her AA badge after the 2011 ANL Grand Final in Melbourne.

She is the 11th Australian umpire currently on the IUA list.

Warner officiated in the season decider between the Victorian Fury and QLD Fusion with Adams the reserve. Adams was one of two umpires in charge of the third versus fourth play-off between the Western Sting and Netball NSW Waratahs.

Both New South Wales-based umpires have aspirations of joining the elite ANZ Championship umpiring panel.

Adams has also been selected to officiate at next month’s Asian Netball Championships in Singapore between 7-14 September.

Netball Australia’s Umpire Development Manager Lainie Houston congratulated the duo on their achievements.

“The awarding of this (IUA) badge is recognition of the hard work and dedication Tara has put into her umpire development over the last number of years,” Houston said.

“Bronwen is another success story of the strong umpiring pathway within New South Wales and Australia.”