My umpiring talk in the community
Wed 14 Dec 2016
On Sunday the 26th of June, six young people with haemophilia attended the Australia Football League (AFL) round 17 to watch the Hawthorn Hawks Play the Gold Coast Suns.
Before the game began, we met Chris Gordon, an AFL Boundary Umpire, who has umpired and also sat the Bench in AFL Grand Finals!
I’m a boundary umpire for the Tasmanian State League and it was handy to hear Chris talk about what he does and it was interesting to hear how some things were different to what I do.
I believe that this was beneficial for the youth attending and as well as their parents as they were able to ask questions about the difference between what Chris and I do in our umpiring and also about how they could get involved in a similar way. Some of the topics that we covered included preparing for games and recovery. I have even used some of the tips that Chris gave us!
I helped create some pathways for the youth who were interested by providing them with key contacts that both Chris and I had found helpful in our umpiring careers.
A really special part of this event was being able to go into the Hawthorn rooms and watch how they warmed up – this was particularly exciting and interesting for me because I’m a Hawthorn supporter.
After we saw the team warm up, we went back to our seats and enjoyed the game!
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