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Lelia Sacre

Residence: London, England

How did you first get into umpiring?

I initially began for the extra cash on the weekends.  Then the club started needing more umpires for women’s league.

Other field hockey background:

U21 and Senior National Squad Member

Played at the University of Maine

Favourite umpiring memory:

Umpiring the Commonwealth Games semi-final between host nation Australia and India; then the Bronze Medal match.

Advice for aspiring umpires?

Make sure you enjoy it because otherwise it’s not worth doing.  Be yourself.  It is okay to smile and have a laugh, just remember to respect the players and the game. It has allowed me to travel the world and meet some of the most fantastic people.  The umpiring world becomes your extend family.

Notable umpiring appointments:

2013 Pan American Cup (Mendoza, Argentina)

2016 Hawkes Bay Invitational (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)

2016 World League Round 2 (Vancouver, Canada)

2017 Pan American Cup (Lancaster, USA)

2018 Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, Australia)