PORT Augusta Netball Association (PANA) has taken a major step forward, with six umpires obtaining their National ‘C’ Umpiring Accreditation.
The accreditation forms part of PANA’s three-year Development Plan, which could increase the Association’s umpiring pool.
At the beginning of the 2017 season, umpires Venessa Blinman and Angie Finlay were tested by Netball SA Umpiring Testing Panel officials in local matches, successfully obtaining their accreditation.
Following Blinman and Finlay’s successful testing, Umpire Coordinator Sharon Taumaunu made inquiries with the Netball SA Umpire Development about testing their own umpires in house.
After attending the Priceline Country Championships in June to undertake training to engage in umpire testing, Taumaunu and Mikki Williams have both been recognised as active panel testing officials.
Tanya Aird, Eliza Parker, Michelle Baker and Jenna Bury have since completed their prerequisite requirements and testing to gain their C Accreditation.
PANA’s accredited umpire base continues to expand, with six more candidates booked in for testing before finals.
Taumaunu expects the umpires to maintain their accreditation, before moving towards National ‘B’ Accreditation within the next two years. The new in-house testing saves umpires from travelling to Adelaide to complete the process.