30 Apr 2015
From left to right: Damien Carlson, Indra Garner, Amanda Sheeky, Anton Van Rensburg
Amanda Sheeky will live one of her dreams as she will referee at the upcoming Touch Football World Cup in Coffs Harbour.
Touch Football has been in her blood ever since she started playing in high school, getting injured and watching from the sidelines prompted Sheeky to take up refereeing.
“I didn’t think too much about becoming an official but once I experienced refereeing for the first time, I found I enjoyed it, “Sheeky said.
In 2013, Sheeky was awarded the Touch Football SA (TFSA) Referee of the Year.
“I enjoy the team aspect of being a referee, and the support we give to each other. I was lucky to have great mentors when I first started as an official,” she said.
Sheeky has worked extremely hard to reach the pinnacle of becoming a Touch Football referee, securing her International Grading at the recent Nationals (NTLs), also in Coffs Harbour.
“I have just returned from the NTLs, and was able to complete my Level 6 Referee Badge, the highest level needed to officiate at international Touch Football sporting events,” Sheeky said.
The modest Sheeky is only the second female in South Australia to progress to Level 6, and the first South Australian female to achieve level 6 ranking at the open level.
NTLs are held once a year, are the nation’s highest level of competition, and include the best teams competing from all around Australia. Sheeky has been a referee at the past two NTLs.
“With the upcoming World Cup being held in Australia, I put in a nomination form to be a referee and was fortunately selected,” she said.
Sheeky has also been a recipient of the Wendy Ey Memorial Scholarship Program offered by the Office for Recreation and Sport.
This scholarship program helps females in or aspiring to elite sport or recreation coaching or officiating with development opportunities unfunded by another organisation.
Socially Sheeky loves nothing more than playing Touch Football and Hockey when time permits. Professionally she has been recently appointed as a Community Connections Support Officer with the Australian Sports Commission.