Ed­u­ca­tion on field for um­pire

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT -

GABBY Sim­monds loves foot­ball.

Um­pir­ing since the age of 12, Sim­monds has worked to im­prove her per­for­mances in the lo­cal ju­nior leagues and WAFL Colts com­pe­ti­tions, but her ca­reer took an­other step this year when she was picked to of­fi­ci­ate a num­ber of AFL Women’s games.

The Notre Dame stu­dent said it was a lot of fun bal­anc­ing her um­pir­ing du­ties with her health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion course.

“Um­pir­ing has re­ally helped my pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment,” she said.

“De­liv­er­ing clear and con­cise in­struc­tions is im­por­tant in the com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment of a foot­ball game and is a skill that is eas­ily trans­lated for the teach­ing and learn­ing process in the class­room.

“The AFLW is sig­nif­i­cant for women’s sport in Aus­tralia and to be part of the com­pe­ti­tion in some way is awe­some.

“I feel priv­i­leged to see many women, both play­ing and um­pir­ing, live out their dreams of com­pet­ing and of­fi­ci­at­ing at the high­est level.”

Um­pire Gabby Sim­monds.

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