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Joanne Wudrich (She/Her); Talent Development Pool Umpire. Calgary, Alberta
Describe your pathway within field hockey. How did you get to where you are today?
I started playing in high school, got selected for Team Alberta then recruited to University of Calgary – all as a goalkeeper. During the off-season the UofC Dino’s play in Calgary’s Men’s League and are required to umpire, which is what started my umpire career path. I went from [recreational] games to Provincials, to Nationals, and am just starting my International journey now.
What was the most memorable moment from JPAC?
For me, it is the friendliness and open attitude that all umpires had, even to me the newbie of the umpire group. It was actually my birthday during the tournament and we were under strict covid protocols which meant only being allowed in your hotel room or at the pitch. The umpires still managed to get a surprise cake for me!
What are your main takeaways from JPAC?
To share your experience! Discuss your shortcomings, ask for advice from others and get as much feedback as you can. Suck it up in the moment, take it all in, and process it later on.
What are you most looking forward to in the next year or so?
More opportunities to continue my path of becoming an internationally badged umpire!
What advice can you give to your younger self / other girls wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Never ever give up! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, we all have to learn!