Amy Perrett becomes NSWs first female Premiership referee

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Photo: Amy Perrett in action – Karen Watson Photography.

Amy Perrett will tomorrow become the first female NSW referee to take charge of a Premiership match. Perrett (24) will make history when she takes charge of the Magners Shute Shield Round 17 match between Sydney University and Gordon.

Just shy of 25 years of age, Perrett started refereeing in 2003 with the Eastwood Refereeing Association, now known as Sydney West Referees. This weekend will add to an already impressive list of accomplishments, which includes being selected for the ARU’s Referee School scholarship in 2005 and again in 2007, as well as officiating the final of the women’s World Series 7s in Dubai 2012 and again in Moscow 2013. As part of the IRB’s Talent Optimisation Program, Amy was one of a select group of top officials from across the world chosen to attend a week-long camp in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Should Amy go on to the next level in her refereeing career, she would become the first female official to take control of a Super Rugby match. Although female referees have officiated men’s internationals such as the Asian Five Nations and the Under 19 World Championships, no female has ever taken control of a Tier 1 men’s international or a Super Rugby fixture.

Growing up as a dedicated rugby enthusiast, Amy represented the Epping Rams Under 7s before going on to make the Eastwood Under 11s representative side, where she played alongside Waratah and Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley.

Amy attended Hunters Hill High School up until 2005, then finished her education at Cheltenham Girls High in 2007. During this time she was selected for the women’s Sydney North representative side as well as the women’s CHS side. Amy finished her playing career competing for the Parramatta Two Blues.

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