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Hay and Metekingi receive higher umpire honours

Ann Hay and Kenneth Metekingi are the latest New Zealand umpires to achieve an international standard with the International Netball Federation.

Hay has achieved the International Umpire Award (IUA) while at the World Youth Cup in Botswana, while Metekingi has been achieved International Talent Identification status for umpires.

Hay has been an umpire for over 20 years and held a number of different roles within the game from a player, to umpire, umpiring coach, and a number of administration positions.

She was Netball Wellington’s first development officer and went on to become the regional manager from 2009-2011.

But umpiring was where her real passion in the game remained and after gaining her Centre award in 1995, and Regional award a year later, Hay went on to achieve her New Zealand umpiring award in 2000 while in Wellington.She was named in the New Zealand umpires squad in 2003.

She has regularly controlled games at Beko Netball League and the ANZ Premiership and has umpired at international Test Matches including the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea in 2015.

Hay joins Gareth Fowler as the latest New Zealand umpires to have achieved the International Umpire Award.Fowler, who also attended the World Youth Cup in July, was recognised last month has having reached the international level during the latter rounds of the ANZ Premiership.

The International Umpire Award (IUA) is Netball’s highest international qualification and recognises a standard of elite performance.It signifies the ability of an umpire to control international matches and was introduced by the INF in 1997 as a way of raising and standardising the level of international umpiring.

Meanwhile, Manawatu umpire Kenneth Metekingi has reached International Talent Identification status with the INF.

Metekingi started his umpiring with Netball Manawatu where he has worked his way through the levels to obtain his Centre award in 2011 and whistled at his first national competition in 2012 at the under 17 event in Hamilton.

He first made the National Development Squad in 2014 and was awarded his New Zealand Award at the national under 23 final a year later.

Metekingi has controlled games at Beko Netball League and the ANZ Premiership and was an official at the World Youth Cup Oceania Qualifiers alongside Hay in Auckland last year.