SA umpires to officiate at World Champs

2012-05-12 09:44

Marielouw van der Merwe, Anso Kemp and Rose Wolmarans have been appointed to officiate at the inaugural World University netball championships in Cape Town in July.

The three South Africans will be assisted by their Lesotho and Botswana counterparts, Abednico Chetelo of Botswana and Chakatze Lephole of Lesotho, who have also been invited to join the panel.

Netball South Africa director of umpires, Dr Hannette Brewers, said: “The three South Africans are all A-grade umpires, which is the highest qualification they can achieve in this country before trying for international umpiring qualifications.”

Brewer said it was an honour that five of the panel came from Africa. “Thirteen umpires were invited by the International Federation of Netball Associations, so it is very important that five of them should come from our continent,” she said.

“Umpiring at a top-level international tournament will help the five Africans gain the experience they need to be invited to apply for the International Umpires Award.

Marielouw and Rose were umpires at the Under-21 World Championships in the Cook Islands, and Marielouw has also umpired in the English League. She has a very bright future as an umpire,” said Brewer.

Twelve countries will take part in the World University championships which will be played at Cape Town’s Good Hope Centre from July 2-7.

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