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Kylie Seymour Field Hockey Umpire

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Kylie Seymour

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2016 Olympic Field Hockey Umpire


Kylie Seymour
 2016 Olympic Field Hockey Umpire
 Speaks with us before the Olympics
Without Officials it is just a practice!

Kylie Seymour image 2Kylie Seymour is one of the top field hockey umpires in the world. She is now in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games as the hard work and dedication to her career has been rewarded with a trip to the top sporting event in the world. Kylie is very excited about having this opportunity to fulfill one of her dreams, and the anticipation of this special event has been a very thrilling time for her.

Back home in Sydney, Australia, Kylie is a school teacher known to her students as Miss Seymour. The kids in her school are eagerly watching their favourite ‘Miss Seymour’ as she has been working her way through the biggest tournaments in the world in preparation for the Olympic Games. Even when officiating at the Champions Trophy in London a few weeks ago, Kylie would stay in Kylie Seymour image 3contact with ‘her kids’ and share her experiences through a blog she keeps for them. It is heartwarming to see the love in their relationship.

Even during the hustle and bustle of the last little while, Miss Seymour wanted to take a moment to talk about the support she has gotten from the students and the faculty at her school and in her community. “I would not have been able to achieve what I have in my umpiring career without the constant belief and encouragement from the school community at Our Lady Help of Christians in Rosemeadow, Sydney. This is my seventh year at the school and they have been so supportive of my dreams and goals. They have been with me on the journey from my very first Australian Hockey League event in 2010 and first international match in 2011 to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and now the Olympic Games in 2016. I really cannot thank them enough.

Kylie Seymour image 4Kylie Seymour began her umpire career as a young teenager looking to make $5 per game. She enjoyed it so much she decided to keep on umpiring and that decision has led to a very successful international career filled with friendships, travel and the excitement of being in the middle of some of the biggest games her sport has to offer.

John Robinson was Kylie Seymour’s coach and mentor when she was just a young hockey player. He was the first to encourage Kylie to become an umpire. Lisa Roach is a former elite umpire from Australia who had an amazing career of her own as Seymour rose through the ranks. Roach became Kylie’s friend and umpire mentor as she progressed onto the international stage. She helped to guide Seymour through the new experiences and teach her what it takes to be one of the best in the world. Kylie still remains very close to Lisa and affectionately calls her Roachy when she speaks of her friend and mentor. Lisa is Kylie Seymour image 5working as a video umpire during the Olympics

Kylie tells me that her favourite game is now “…the semi final I did with her [Roach] at Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina 2014 where she retired – Netherlands vs. Argentina – the 2 best teams in the world!” I posted a link below to the Lisa Roach interview after that exciting match. There is also a link to an interview that Kylie gave where she talks about how important Lisa has been to her.

Since her first appearance on the international scene in 2011, Kylie Seymour has had the opportunity to officiate some of the top games at the top venues around the world. Here is a list of just a few of her many accomplishments:

  • First international appearance 4 Nations Tournament in Argentina 2011
  • Olympic Qualifier Kakamigahara 2012
  • Champions Challenge Dublin 2012
  • Junior World Cup Monchengladbach 2013
  • Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
  • Champions Trophy London 2016
  • Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016

Kylie Seymour image 6Things have been a little hectic for Kylie this year after just returning home from London and the 2016 Champions Trophy and then immediately continuing on with her Olympic preparations. The big days are upon us now and yet Kylie still took a few moments out of her busy schedule to send us a few recent photos and share some thoughts. She is bubbling with energy and very excited and it has been fun watching her progress through the year and chatting when she had the chance.

Kylie Seymour is a wonderful young lady and she has been a real treat to chat with. Congratulations Kylie on your appointment to the Olympics and all the future thrills that are coming your way. Thank you for sharing with us!

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Here are a number of links to Kylie and many of the articles I used as background reading.

Kylie Seymour Twitter 

Meet Kylie SeymourHockey Australia

Miss Seymour’s Hockey Adventures Blog

Kylie and Lisa in Argentina 

Kylie Seymour Olympics Announcement Interview with local newspaper

Another Kylie Seymour Olympics Interview with a local newspaper

Highlights of Kylie at 2016 Champions Trophy NZL 1 – 0 GB 

The Lisa Roach Links

NSW Umpiring Legend Lisa Roach Retires 
Kylie shares her admiration This is a .pdf file 

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Occasionally, a sport association will be able to produce a team of extraordinary officials. In order to do that it needs a core of extraordinary leaders. Leaders who set the bar high and lead the way. Wise and caring leaders who are willing to share their skills and experiences with others around them. These leaders, these officials, the ones who truly stand out because of their extraordinary personalities and contributions, can have a tremendous impact in their sport on a global basis for years to come. Michelle Joubert is that kind of official.

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Michelle Joubert and Marelize de Klerk

The umpires of Fieldhockey are some of my favourite officials to follow. The people that I have had contact with in this sport and its community have all been so friendly and enthusiastic. They are special and they are great ambassadors for their game. The community is full of fun and friendship and they all truly enjoy their jobs and the relationships they have with each other. It is very much my pleasure to have chatted with many of them and learned from them and about them. They train hard, prepare well and they give everything they have to each match. As a group, there is so much talent in this sport, that becoming the International Umpire of the Year is an incredible achievement. Michelle Joubert is the inaugural recipient of their prestigious award and she has set a very high standard indeed for future umpires to follow.

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2015 Umpire of the Year

I first noticed Michelle Joubert in the very early days of Officials101. She was one of the first of many elite umpires and referees to follow the page and certainly the first that really made me take notice of the word ‘elite’. It is her passion and enthusiasm for her sport that are the things you notice first about Michelle but it is her understanding of people and the willingness to share her wisdom that set her apart.

As I write this, Michelle is currently umpiring at the 2016 FIH Champions Trophy in London. You can catch a few glimpses of her in these highlights of the opening match, a 2-2 draw between Argentina and Great Britain. Before she left for London, I asked Michelle what her thoughts are regarding her appointment to the 2016 Olympics.

She told me “It’s an honour to be part of Rio 2016”, and shared some of her insights about what it is like for an umpire to be on the international stage of such a high profile tournament as the Olympic Games.

“Although this tournament is about the athletes competing, us, as officials, also have a huge amount of pressure in ensuring fairness in results and ensuring the best teams end on top.”

It takes years of training and hard work to earn the right to appear as an official at the Olympic Games. As with the Michelle Joubert Linked in profile pic june 2016athletes, only the very best of the best officials will be there. “Mental toughness and physical preparation is key to achieve our goals” she said.

Like the leader she is, Michelle has this note of advice for her Olympic teammates and to the next wave of elite umpires:

 “To the ‘young’ umpires who are embarking on their 1st Olympic Games, I think it is important to be as prepared as best they possibly can, to enjoy the process of preparation and to enjoy this journey. No matter how much or how little you get time on the field, embrace the experience and be grateful for the opportunity. Michelle”

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Background Articles

Wikipedia 2010 Champions Trophy
EuroHockey Umpire of the Year announcement
Golden Whistle Award
FIH Umpire of the Year announcement
From the Other Side of the Whistle by Michelle Joubert
Michelle Joubert the Player, the Umpire, The Person by Marianna Putter

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