Pictured: David Turner and Kelly Hoare, Australian Umpires. Photo credit: Badminton Photo
Earlier this month, two of Oceania’s Umpire Assessors joined like-minded individuals from across the globe to attend the BWF Umpire Assessors Workshop.
The workshop was aimed at allowing all continents to maintain consistency when assessing – no matter where in the world they are. It was also designed to give an idea of what to look for in umpires who are ready are ready to progress to the next level. Find out more about Oceania’s umpires and the levels of certification here.
Experienced umpires from Australia, David Turner and Kelly Hoare, joined the group for a two-day workshop held in conjunction with the YONEX All England Open 2020.
The workshops allowed the assessors to update on the latest theory. They covered a variety of areas and were upskilled on the appraisal system which looks at an umpire from an all-round perspective including “appearance, presentation, umpiring skills, communication and asks for feedback from a number of stakeholders including referees, managers coaches and tournament directors“, says David.
“Overall, it was an interesting and valuable process, making for a worthwhile workshop”, says David.
Once the tournaments are back on the BWF calendar, David and Kelly will be able to share their knowledge with the other members of the Badminton Oceania Assessment panel.