Our top whistlers of 2020

2020 Hockey New Zealand Female Umpire of the Year – Amber Church (Poverty Bay)

Amber Church performed strongly across all games she umpired at the 2020 Sentinel Homes Premier Hockey League as well earlier in the year during the interrupted FIH Pro League.

In addition to her on-field efforts, it is her leadership within the umpire group that made her stand out as the female umpire of the year.

Church, who will head to Tokyo in July for her second Olympics, is a true professional and team player that leads by example both on and off the turf.


2020 Hockey New Zealand Male Umpire of the Year – Gareth Greenfield (Canterbury)

Gareth Greenfield is a ‘critical thinker’ of hockey, who consistently looks to improve both his game understanding and connection with players and coaches.

He is well regarded by his peers for his consistency in umpiring – both in his performance and in the high standards he brings to every match.

In 2020 Greenfield had an outstanding Premier Hockey League where his sound decision-making saw him appointed to umpire the inaugural league final.


2020 Hockey New Zealand Community Umpire of the Year – Georgia Mayo (Hawke’s Bay)

While Georgia Mayo’s on-field umpiring performances were outstanding within her local Hawke’s Bay community in 2020, what really impressed was an additional commitment to the coaching of umpires as well as her work in leading the YUP! programme.

During her Year 12 exams, Mayo single-handedly mentored, administrated and facilitated the YUP! programme which saw 24 youth umpires progress to the next level of umpiring – which simply wouldn’t have been possible without her support.

On top of her club and school umpiring efforts, the 16-year-old was also Umpire Manager for the Small Sticks Festival in the Hawke’s Bay.

Mayo is a true role model to youth umpires and she has the ability to work alongside all age groups as an umpire. She is frank, open and an absolute inspiration at such a young age.

Posted on Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 | CommunityFeature