Central umpires have continued to leave their mark after Ann Hay and Kenneth Metekingi became the latest to achieve international recognition.
Both have reached an international standard which is set by the International Netball Federation, Wellington’s Hay achieving the International Umpire Award (IUA) and Metekingi, from Manawatu, International Talent Identification status.
The IUA is netball’s highest international qualification and recognises a standard of elite performance, signifying the ability of an umpire to control international matches.
Hay, who has been an umpire for over 20 years, achieved her status at the recent World Youth Cup in Botswana. After gaining her Centre award in 1995, and Regional award a year later, she went on to gain her New Zealand umpiring award in 2000. She was named in the New Zealand umpires squad in 2003.
She has regularly controlled games in the Beko Netball League and the ANZ Premiership and has umpired at international test match level.
Hay joins fellow Central whistler Gareth Fowler as the latest New Zealand umpires to have achieved the International Umpire Award. Fowler, who also attended the World Youth Cup, reached the international level during the latter rounds of the ANZ Premiership.
Metekingi started umpiring with Netball Manawatu, working his way through the levels to obtain a Centre award in 2011, officiating at his first national competition at the U17 national championships in 2012.
He first made the National Development Squad in 2014 and gained his New Zealand Award at the national U23 final a year later.
Metekingi has controlled games at Beko Netball League and the ANZ Premiership level and was an official