Five English officials – Gary Burgess, Heather Gleadall, Kate Mann, Kate Stephenson and Louise Travis – have been selected by World Netball to attend the Netball World Cup 2023 in Cape Town this summer.
Gleadall will head up the Umpire Appointments Panel (UAP) and will act as Chair having been a member of the UAP at the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 in Liverpool.
Mann will make her umpiring debut at a World Cup while this will be the second World Cup for Stephenson (2021, 2023), third for Travis (2011, 2019, 2023) and fourth for Burgess (2011, 2015, 2019 and 2023).
Discussing the appointments, England Netball’s Director of Development Katy Ryan said: “It is wonderful to see the continued dedication of our officials rewarded with selection to the pinnacle of our sport, the Netball World Cup.
“I wish all of those selected the very best of luck in their preparation and with what has become the customary good luck message, I send a huge ‘run well’ to all involved!”
A total of 23 International Technical Officials (ITO) have been selected, including six for the UAP and 17 umpires. 26 National Technical Officials (NTO) have been selected to fulfil the roles of Technical Officials and Statisticians. The full list of ITO and NTO can be viewed here.
Speaking on the announcement, World Netball International Officiating Manager, Christina Barrow, said: “The Netball World Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the World Netball world class events calendar, and it is always a privilege to be able to announce the officials that have been selected, which is a testament to their hard work, dedication, and talent.
“All the World Netball officials work on a voluntary basis, and we appreciate all the time they give up to make each and every international netball event a success.
“I would like to take this opportunity to wish those selected well at the Netball World Cup 2023 in Cape Town.”
The Netball World Cup will be hosted at the CICC in Cape Town, South Africa from 28 July to 8 August.
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