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Skiba Family Keeping Passion Alive Through Refereeing....
With thanks from RugbyWA website..
Family Round – Some families live their rugby passion through playing the game, others take it all in as engaged spectators and fans and some, like the Skiba family, share their love of rugby through refereeing.
Julie Skiba started her rugby refereeing career in Nelson Bay, New Zealand in 1979. Back then, Julie explains, there were no girl games so she never had the opportunity to play herself but was always passionate about the game.
“I just loved rugby and my brothers played so I decided that I wanted to referee so that’s what I did”.
Since relocating to Western Australia Julie has played a major part in the development of WA rugby refereeing and the Kalamunda Rugby Club where all four of her sons have played.
Now in her current role as Administration Manager at the Western Australian Rugby Union Referees Association (WARURA) Julie has continued her involvement in the rugby community.
“I do all the administrative work for the referees to make sure that they’re all able to get on the park and I do all the junior appointments for the referees as well…it certainly keeps me occupied”.
It’s not just Julie who has played a large part in refereeing WA rugby. Her son Rohen first started refereeing in 1999 at the age of twelve.
“Dad got involved in the Kalamunda Rugby Club and took us along. And then he started coaching and then mum decided to be involved with the club, it just grew from there.”
“Refereeing has been a great experience for me over a long time. I took it up primarily because of mum’s involvement in the game and I just wanted to do a little bit more.”
Over his time with the referee association, Rohen has been presented with numerous opportunities within WA and Australia.
“A couple of years in there I got a school student scholarship at the ARU (Australian Rugby Referees) and I kind of got picked up by the ARU for a couple of gigs”.
“Obviously refereeing has afforded me a fair few opportunities to travel and make lots of friends and I’ve gained a whole heap of experiences which has been really good”.
Along with Rohen, Julie’s sons Shaun, Troy and Kyle all played for the Kalamunda Bulls for years.
Continuing the family affair, Julie’s daughter-in-law is Wallaroos winger Maddie Putz with the World Cup representative also getting involved in refereeing while she continues to ply her trade on the wing.
“Maddie’s the middle of three sisters and they all play rugby now.”
“Maddie has obviously played for Australia and is a very talented player and now with her getting into refereeing it is fantastic because you can stay involved.”
Julie attributes the family’s dedication to refereeing and RugbyWA to the inclusive and supportive community environment.
“You get to meet a lot of people and realise how great the referee community is. From an international referees down to the young ones starting out refereeing junior rugby, there’s just a huge camaraderie within the referee ranks worldwide”.
“When we started, rugby was very much a community based sport and it was focused around families. It relied heavily on volunteers and because people who are volunteers tend to be a special breed of people it really did foster that community and family environment”.
WARURA Administration Manager -
Julie Skiba e: email@example.com
Mb: 0427 936 395
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