UGANDA-BORN Brenda Amito (14) is kicking goals with her multicultural AFL umpiring academy. She recently launched the project through the Edmund Rice Centre WA in Mirrabooka. The group has 15 young people from countries such as Uganda and Sudan. “Umpiring is a passion of mine – I love giving everyone a fair go – and I set up the academy to help out people from diverse backgrounds who want to get into umpiring,” Brenda said.
“I like showing people they can do this, and it has given me a sense of accomplishment.”
Brenda organised a camp for the budding umpires this year where participants received Introductory Officiating certificates and learned the guidelines.
“I love AFL because it’s inclusive: everyone is allowed to play and it doesn’t matter where you come from and it includes an amazing group of people,” Brenda said.
“I used to be more into actually playing the game and then about two years ago umpiring became something I wanted to do.
The Academy trains monthly at the Butler Community Centre.