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Working her way up the umpire’s ladder

Working her way up the umpire’s ladder

Belinda Rosenzweig from Nuriootpa was recently awarded a National B Grade Umpire’s Award for netball.

To receive the badge, Belinda umpired at the long weekend Country Championships, where 95 teams from all over South Australia competed in the annual event.

“I was the only one from the Barossa, Light and Gawler association to receive the award this year,” said Belinda.

To go in the running to be presented with the award, Belinda had to apply online and complete theory tests.

She also had to have previously been awarded with a C grade badge.

“The award is actually pretty hard to get,” she said.

“It’s pretty much up to yourself to put your name forward and go in the running.”

Belinda umpired two A grade games at the Netball SA Stadium during the June long weekend in front of a panel of four judges.

“You’ve really got to have the right mind set to umpire on a big stage like that,” she said.

Candidates for the B grade badges, including Belinda, needed to show understanding on procedures, terminology, control of general infringements, rules, legal and illegal body movements and positioning.

Although anyone can put themselves forward to win the badge, Belinda won the C grade badge last year and the B this year, something she said is pretty unusual for anyone to get back to back awards.

 For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.