Hockey umpires brush up on skills
GYMPIE Hockey’s junior umpires have taken advantage of a special umpiring training session at Ramsay Park at the weekend.
Gympie umpire coordinator Paul Collins arranged for Hockey Queensland’s umpire mentor for Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast, Joanne Greensill, to visit for the training session.
Gympie Hockey publicity officer Desli Adams was excited Greensill was able to attend and help the development of the club’s young umpires.
“Joanne is based on the Sunshine Coast and travels to many regional hockey centres, imparting her years of hockey, and especially umpiring, knowledge,” Adams said.
“Joanne is a wealth of knowledge and translates this well to young umpires with decisive information and direction.”
Gympie’s young umpires were taught the importance of viewing umpiring as a mindset, and the need to carry out the job with conviction and a strong sense of confidence.
Greensill also stressed successful umpiring was about continually being open to learning new skills and advancing themselves.
As a former national umpire who has presided over many test matches, Greensill was able to relate first-hand to Gympie Hockey’s young umpires. Greensill also completes umpiring assessments for Hockey Queensland.
The training session was a tremendous show of dedication from the group of junior umpires, attending the early training session before undertaking their own umpiring and playing duties.