Ground-breaking female rugby referee nominated for prestigious woman of the year award

Ground-breaking female rugby referee nominated for prestigious woman of the year award

- Aimee Barrett-Theron is the leading female rugby referee in South Africa and has broken records and barriers throughout her career

- She is the first female to be included on SA Rugby’s National panel, to referee a Woman’s Test Match and is eligible to officiate over senior men’s matches

- Barrett-Theron has been nominated for the GSport’s Woman of the Year award along with Caster Semenya and Mpho Makhoba

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Aimee Barrett-Theron is, without doubt, South Africa’s leading female rugby referee and has throughout her career broken many records and broken new ground for women in the traditionally male-dominated sport.

Barrett-Theron’s efforts and hard work has been recognised by GSport who nominated her for its Woman of the Year award alongside Caster Semenya and Mpho Makhoba.

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Barrett-Theron has throughout her career refused to quit and has never let a perceived barrier stop her from rising to the pinnacle of her chosen profession.

Briefly.co.za gathered that she was the first female to be included on SA Rugby’s National panel and she was first to referee a Woman’s Test Match.

Barrett-Theron’s is now eligible to officiate over senior men’s rugby matches.

She was the only female South African referee chosen by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to officiate at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Barrett-Theron was a successful sevens player before turning her sights on becoming a referee. She grew up in Durban where she fell in love with the game as a child.

Barrett-Theron swapped her player boots for a referees whistle in 2014 and has been breaking ground ever since.

She said SA Rugby and her co-referees have supported her at every turn and notes that she has made some great friends through her rugby career.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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