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William Kopa

I am from Eastern Waikato Netball Centre. I started umpiring mid 2017 so I haven’t been umpiring for long but I don’t regret becoming a umpire either. I first attended a umpire workshop for new umpires, about a week later gained my Centre theory qualification and attended 2017 Anchor AIMs Games where I was awarded my Centre award. 2018 has been an incredible season, achieving my Zone theory, Zone award and New Zealand theory umpire qualifications all in one year. I have had many lovely umpire coaches who have helped me along the way and I would like to thank all for your time and efforts in helping to develop me. I love the challenge both mentally and physically while umpiring, but also the adrenaline of just being able to officiate and contribute positively to a netball game. I have learnt so much in such a short time, and cannot wait to see what 2019 netball season brings in the new year.

Highlights so far in my umpiring career:

  • Attending 2018 North Island Championships U15 A/G. Appointed to umpire A Grade Semi Final and A Grade Final.
  • Attended 2018 WBOP Zone Secondary School Open Grade Year 10 Tournament. Appointed to umpire Year 10 Final.
  • Attended 2018 Hamilton City Thursday Night Outdoor Open Grade competition. Appointed to umpire A Grade Final.
  • Attended 2018 Hamilton City Montana Catering Secondary Schools competition. Appointed to umpire Development Final.
  • Attended Combined Points (pre UNISS day tournament). Appointed to umpire Premier Final.
  • Attended UNISS as tournament umpire.
  • Attended 2018 Anchor AIMs Games. Appointed to umpire 3rd vs 4th in A Grade. A Grade Semi Final and reserve umpire for A Grade Final.
  • Attended 2018 Netball Waikato Bay Of Plenty Awards, named as a finalist for the Gallagher Centre umpire of the year and winner of this trophy.
  • Awarded Eastern Waikato Centre Umpire of the year trophy.
  • Attending 2018 Waikato district sports awards as a nominee for official of the year. Winner will be announced at awards on 21st of November 2018.

It is a pleasure to be a part of the Waikato Bay of plenty Level 1 performance umpire squad for 2018-2019. I will continue working hard to reaching my full potential as a umpire.


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