Netball duo take up the whistle
NOT content with being two of the better junior players in the city, Gladstone Netball Association pair Emma King and Sally Heymer are also showing talent with the whistle in hand.
Yaralla Dynamics players King, 14, and Heymer, 13, recently gained their junior A umpire's badges after attending a Netball Queensland two-day course at Tallebudgera.
Yaralla Dynamics' umpire development officer Helen Cubis hoped the players would prove to be the first of many to achieve the challenging feat.
'We're trying to develop more young umpires in town,' Cubis said.
'The junior A badge is a stepping stone to attaining national (senior) badges.
'(King and Heymer) did a bit of umpiring for us last season and we've done a lot of work developing their skills through different strategies because they have the potential to go a long way as umpires.'
The pair could not have a better mentor than Cubis who is one of only two umpires outside the Brisbane metropolitan area to have a national AA badge.
Cubis has only been umpiring for five years but has already been included in Netball Queensland's umpiring academy program.
Her selection is a boon for Gladstone and the Capricorn region as it allows her to test those attempting their B and C badges without their having to travel to Brisbane.
The Yaralla Dynamics club's sign-on is at the GNA courts tomorrow from 1.30pm to 3pm.