Hockey umpires: SA pair named for 2012 olympics

2011-11-18 00:00

SOUTH African hockey will be represented by Sheila Brown and Michelle Joubert as technical delegate and umpire respectively for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The announcement was made by International Hockey Federation (FIH) umpires development manager Richard Wilson at the world hockey governing body’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

This will be the Johannesburg-based Brown’s third appointment to an Olympic Games, while the Pretoria-based Joubert will be making her debut in the four-yearly showpiece.

Brown has had a long and distinguished career in hockey administration in South Africa and among her many roles over the years is her current position as president of the Southern Gauteng Hockey Association. She has also been vice-president of the sport’s national authority, the SA Hockey Association.

Joubert has risen rapidly up the world umpiring ladder and offic­iated in the Commonwealth Games final in New Delhi last year, as well as the 2010 World Cup finals in Rosario, Argentina.

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