PROMISING UMPIRE: Renae O’Dea after being selected for an intensive training program camp for promising netball umpires.
PROMISING UMPIRE: Renae O’Dea after being selected for an intensive training program camp for promising netball umpires. Gerard Walsh

Renae O’Dea picked for netball talent program

WARWICK netball umpire Renae O'Dea has been selected in the Talent Identification Program (TIP) for the first time.

She is one of three from the Darling Downs who will assemble with umpires from all 12 regions at the State Netball Centre in Brisbane on September 28-29 to be coached by AA (national league) level umpires.

Darling Downs regional umpires co-ordinator Dana Dobson said any of the three could go on from the TIP to higher levels.

"It is a pathway for umpires," Dobson said.

"Renae was selected from her outstanding umpiring at the state age and challenge carnivals this month," Dobson said.

"She received a lot of positive feedback about her umpiring; you don't receive that sort of praise lightly.

"Renae can certainly aspire to go places with her umpiring if that is what she wants to do; she is one of the best young umpires I have seen in this region," O'Dea said.

O'Dea is aiming for her B-badge this year, which will allow her to umpire in the state competition in which the Darling Downs Panthers play.

"My aim is to go as far as I can," O'Dea said.

"I love umpiring as it means I can still participate in netball even though I have a back injury which stops me from playing.

"The medical opinion is I shouldn't play, but umpiring suits me fine."

Long-term, her aim is to umpire in the ANZ Championships.

"I am getting a lot more confident and am starting to believe in my own ability," O'Dea said.

"My aim on court is to be fair but strong and take control of a game."

To obtain her B-badge, O'Dea has to umpire four 15-minute quarters in a game to pass a test in front of a panel of three or four assessors.

She umpired an 18 years game in Brisbane to obtain her C-badge and expects to travel to Brisbane for her B-badge test.

O'Dea has been chosen as one of six Toowoomba umpires for the Sunshine Carnival in Townsville on July 27-28.

In the past year, O'Dea has been coached by Dobson and other umpires' coaches at state carnivals.

She umpires Warwick A-grade each Tuesday night at WIRAC and in the Darling Downs Inter-district League.