Online voting for the 2019 Vitality Goalden Globes is now open!
The Vitality Goalden Globe Awards is a collective celebration, beginning at a regional level and culminating in a prestigious national awards evening.
Find out more about the fantastic nominees for the Sheelagh Redpath Grassroots Official Award and have your say on who should win the category…
Sandra Howlett – East
Sandra is directly responsible for at least 10 Into Officiating passes every year in Bedfordshire as well as a number of C Award passes. She is involved in mentoring and assessing, as well as all the planning of the mentoring in the Heritage League. As an EN tutor, she passes on her passion to all attendees of courses and attends every course held in the county to assist even when she is not tutoring. Sandra offers her help to all the attendees after the course to encourage them to begin or continue on the umpiring pathway.
Tracy Burton – London & South East
Tracy has mentored several Into Officiating umpires to their C Award at Ashford Netball League and others. Most recently, this included 17-year-old Georgina Wren. In addition, she is an active A Award umpire, where she umpires in the Premier League in Divisions 1, 2 and 3, as well as being a Vitality Netball Superleague umpire. Tracy is friendly, reliable and approachable, as well as a great role model for other umpires.
Paula Burke – North West
Paula has started a club based umpiring development programme to ensure the club train and get members qualified as soon as possible. This includes running umpiring mentoring programmes for both junior and adult members. She supports two adult umpires and one qualified junior umpire along with eight junior umpires in training. Paula encourages all juniors to have a go and then supports those of them who enjoy it to develop. She gives feedback in a constructive way which enables the players to progress and makes others want to join in!
Hazel Nicholls – South West
Hazel has been working with a number of club players at Paulton Rovers Netball Club mentoring them in preparation for their B and C Awards, and encouraging players to pick up a whistle and give umpiring a go for the first time. Three of Hazel’s C Award umpires were given allowances to umpire Division 1 and Premier Division at the start of January and again in September. One of Hazel’s C Award umpires passed her B Award paper and also her pre-assessment to umpire Regional League 3 and U16 regional games.
Jackie Cork – Yorkshire
The majority of Jackie’s achievements over the past year have involved those already participating in netball. She has, however, been instrumental in encouraging active netball players to participate in a different side by becoming umpires. Jackie has supported approximately 15 learner umpires over the past year. The time, patience and commitment that Jackie has invested is invaluable to the Huddersfield NL and the West Yorkshire leagues. Nine of Jackie’s learners have successfully passed their C Award qualification over the past year.
Pat Martyn-Smith – South
Pat is a long standing umpire from Sussex. She has umpired at all levels – from local league, county league, regional league to National Premier League and has travelled the length and breadth of the country to fulfil her ambitions and learn from those who had more experience than her at the time. She has umpired many school tournaments, again from county and regional level through to national levels. She has also supported the Armed Forces, being involved with Army tournaments as well as the Inter Services.
Bernie Young – West Midlands
Bernie has been umpiring for 27 years and has recently stepped down from Premier League umpiring as an A Award to concentrate on assessing and mentoring; areas that are close to her heart. She has been instrumental in establishing an umpire mentor programme in Walsall and is now training B Award umpires to become mentors in the area. Bernie is currently working with 14 umpires across and up the umpiring pathway to develop them and prepare them for their assessments.
The online vote is limited to one vote per category with voting set to close at 5pm on Friday 21st June.
The winner in each category will be determined by combining your votes with the Vitality Goalden Globe Awards National Panel’s assessment – they review all nominations across all categories.
Pictured: 2018 winner Claire Daly