PMB-based hockey umpire: My goal is to become the best umpire in SA

2007-12-11 00:00

A product of Maritzburg College, Shrives flies to Santiago on Thursday, along with the SA team.

Last year’s World Cup final umpire, the Pretoria-based John Wright, told The Witness yesterday that Shrives has the talent.

“Ayden is young and has shown lots of promise in the last couple of years,” said Wright. “A big asset is that he’s played the game at provincial level and understands what players are trying to do. He has a long career ahead provided he’s prepared to work. There are no short cuts.”

Shrives (25) is a marketing consultant for Pietermaritzburg-based artificial hockey and soccer turf company Belgotex GreenFields.

An all-round sportsman who played provincial tennis, soccer, cricket and hockey at school, Shrives chose hockey and never looked back. He began umpiring while in his teens. He captained provincial teams from U12 to U21 level and this season led PMB Varsity for the fourth successive year.

“I made a decision to stop playing provincial outdoor hockey two years ago and this has allowed me to follow my umpiring dream,” Shrives said. “My goal is to become the best umpire in SA and go on to the Olympics and World Cup.”

Shrives said he learnt from playing what players want from umpires and how to add value to matches.

“I can’t wait for Chile. The step towards the Olympics has begun and hopefully I’ll be in London in 2012 to experience what sportsmen dream of.”

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