One of Australia’s top referees, Amy Perrett will make history this weekend she runs as Assistant Referee in the clash between the Melbourne Rebels and the Stormers. In doing so, she will therefore become the first female to do so in the history of Super Rugby.
Perrett is a product of the ARU’s Referee Pathways program and recently was announced as joining the 2016 Rio Olympic games match officials list, one of Australia’s two officiating representatives.
ARU Head of Referees Scott Young: “We are immensely proud of Amy’s efforts to make her Super Rugby debut this weekend. The fact that she is making SANZAAR history is an added bonus as she is well and truly deserving of her position, considering her outstanding professionalism and her desire to constantly improve.
“We hope this will open up a clear pathway for women in our game who want to be a part of Rugby from an officiating capacity knowing that (like Amy) they can make it to the top of our sport.”
Speaking after her appointment, Amy commented, “I am really proud to be given this honour this weekend and I certainly hope this opens the door for more women to officiate the top level across Rugby. I am just focused on doing my job to the best of my ability and will be joining a fantastic team of SANZAAR refs right across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina who referee Super Rugby week in and week out.”
Amy’s rise to Super Rugby has come swift on the heels of her becoming a full time professional referee earlier in 2016. She shares her time between Australian Rugby and NSW Rugby.
Amy will be supporting fellow Australian Angus Gardner who referees the match with Nic Berry on the other side. Ian Smith supports from the TMO booth.