A quick note of congratulations to Canadian umpire Gillian Batey, who recently earned her FIH badge at the Champions Challenge II tournament in Kazan this summer. Fantastic work, Gillian, and we look forward to your continued progress on the world stage!
Mississipean Sarah Thomas has worked her way up from youth leagues to being the only female referee in major college football, and also has reffed New Orleans Saints' training camps.
An All-American basketball player at University of Mobile and 5-letter softball player in high school, Thomas obviously loves sports and has found her niche officiating in a sport that she didn't even play. Back in 2007, when first made history breaking into the college ranks, the referee coordinator said:
"She came highly recommended by two NFL scouts," said Gerry Austin, a longtime NFL referee and the conference's coordinator of officials. "She has a good presence and demeanor. I feel like she has the ability and courage to make a call, and the guts to not make one, too."
She's now expected to be the first woman to be invited to referee in the NFL.
Carolina has had an amazing career so far, including umpiring at both the Athens and Beijing Olympics (the latter of which saw her umpire the Gold Medal game), two World Cups and three Champions Trophies. Hamish has umpired at two European Cups, two World Cups, three World Cups, and started out at the Junior World Cup in 1997.