Um­pire as­pi­ra­tions

Stirling Times - - Sport - Sara Fitz­patrick

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.

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