Reason you started refereeing?
I played junior rugby with my twin brother, but had to stop when I turned 12. Picked up the whistle so I could stay involved with the sport and to give back to my club which had been really good to me growing up.
Best on-field rugby highlights?
Biggest highlight so far for me was going to Moscow and officiating at the 7s world cup in 2013.
Very close 2nd to that was refereeing my first IRB Womens 7s World series cup final in front of a capacity crowd in Dubai.
Best off-field rugby highlights?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to referee all over the world with the 7s and each trip has something new and unique to offer.
I think my best off field experience was heading to Stellenbosch for the IRB TOP program. Stellenbosch is a beautiful little town about an hour away Cape Town.
I think this is my best 'highlight' because I was with a group of people from tier 2, 3 and possible 4 rugby nations, who have only be involved in rugby for a couple of years (where I’ve been all my life). It was amazing to see there passion for the sport and hear how they got involved. Of course the other highlights of that trip was the beautiful scenery, great wine and amazing food!!!
Occupation and interests outside of rugby?
Outside rugby I work as an aged and disability care worker for homecare.
There's nothing more I love to do then sit back and watch a good movie.
Also love taking my dog to the beach.
Best refereeing advice you’ve been given?
Best advice I've been given is to just have fun. There can be a lot of pressure and time away from your family when your travelling on the circuit and it can get a little overwhelming. You always have to remember why you started in the first place and focus on the positive.
Another thing is to be resilient. Your always going to miss something when you referee or there will always be someone who doesn’t agree with your decision. You can't let that bring you down, to have to shrug it off, learn from it and get on with the game. If you dwell on it you’re not going to enjoy yourself, and if your not enjoying it you shouldn’t do it.