Young referees at national titles
Two of our brightest and finest young soccer referees have recently returned from officiating in the Under 13 National Titles in Canberra. Sixteen-year-old Cory Byrne from Lismore and 17-year-old Tiarna Kinnear from Evans Head were selected as the only referees from the seven zones comprising Northern NSW Football Federation for the titles, which brought together the best young female and male footballers and referees in the land.
Tiarna is in Year 12 and Cory is in Year 11 at Lismore’s Trinity Catholic College and have both been officiating for three years. Tiarna said that the opportunity to get some expert guidance from National Referees development manager Gary Power has given her more understanding about how to position herself more effectively on the field. Tiarna was appointed as assistant referee to the final and is now considered the number one female referee in the Football Far North Coast zone.
Cory was also thrilled to get access to instruction from Gary Power and said he learnt a lot from the post-game briefings that analysed every aspect of his performance. The selection of the two referees continues the impressive history in recent years of local referees coming under the eye of state and national authorities and confirms that a pathway exists for officials as well as players.
Further to the plaudits that these young people should receive from their sporting performance, is recognition of the manner in which they represent themselves. It is clear that their general commitment to everything that they do will enhance their social skills, academic performance and capacity to be leaders in our community. The application of good values like respect, courtesy and humility has its rewards in everything we do.