News Article

2/19/2017

NSW Recipients announced for the 2017 ARU School Student Match Officials Scholarship


NSW Rugby Union would like to congratulate the following fourteen Year 12 referees from all over NSW for their successful selection in the 2017 ARU School Student Scholarship for Match Officials program:

 

First

Surname

School/Association

Scott

Adam-Smith

Shore School / Sydney North

Thomas

Chadwick

Sydney Grammar School

Lachlan

Fisher

Xavier Catholic College / Far North Coast

Ben

Fisk

Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School / Central North

Steven

Harriman

TAFE Wollongong / Illawarra

Dougal

Hicks

The King's School / Sydney West

Andrew

Hingston

St Columba Anglican School / Mid North Coast

Hugh

Logan

St Stanislaus College

Jared

Lynch

Hunter Christian School / Newcastle

Ronan

Marks

Kincumber High School / Central Coast

James

Priest

St Ignatius College / Sydney North

James

Redwin

St Joseph's College / Sydney North

Blake

Thorn

Waverley College / Sydney South

Hunter

Wright

Cranbrook School / Sydney South

 

The ARU has run this scholarship program since 1995 with the aim to raise the profile of refereeing in schools and encourage student referees to continue refereeing once they leave school. Recipients receive a program uniform, attend three seminars, one of which involves watching a Super Rugby game and then debriefing the referee, and are given the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Assistant Referee course. The course prepares them to be Assistant Referees for second grade Premier matches in Sydney, or equivalent for country recipients, where they work together with up and coming referees.

The highlight of the program is attendance at the NSWJRU U14s State Championships, where ten of the program members provide the match official team for every match over the three days on the June long weekend. They are coached by experienced referees and referee coaches, some of whom are SSS graduates, on every match they do. As well as receiving a video recording with their own audio on it. Every night the referee coaches lead an intensive individual and collective debrief process so the referees can put what they learn into practice the next day. The end result of this intensive training is professional growth and the foundation for firm friendships.

Previous NSW recipients of the scholarship have gone on to referee at Super Rugby levels or higher, including Angus Gardner (SSS 2002, Super Rugby since 2012 and AR at the 2015 Rugby World Cup), Will Houston (SSS 2006, Super Rugby since 2016) and Amy Perrett (SSS 2005-2007, World Rugby Women’s 7s series since 2012, Women’s Rugby World Cup final 2014, Rio Olympics 2016).

 

For more information about refereeing pathway in NSW refer to: http://www.nswrugby.com.au/Community/Officiating/ResourcesForMatchOfficials/DevelopmentPathways.aspx

For more information on the SSS program, refer to: http://www.aru.com.au/referees/ARUReferees/ARUSchoolStudentScholarship.aspx

 

Contact Alex Richards (NSWRU Referee Education Coordinator) on arichards@nswrugby.com.au for any match official enquiry.