Stella Bartlema accepts her Golden Whistle from Tournament Director Sheila Brown
Stella Bartlema accepts her Golden Whistle from Tournament Director Sheila Brown
(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

The FIH’s Golden Whistle club added a new member today when Dutch umpire Stella Bartlema was honoured for umpiring her 100th international match.

Bartlema was presented with her golden whistle before the start of the New Zealand vs. Belgium game by tournament Tournament Director Shelia Brown.

Bartlema started her international umpiring career on January 14th, 2003. She was named an International Grade 1 umpire in June 2006 and moved up to the World Panel on November of 2010. In total, she has officiated 120 international games, with 20 junior games also to her credit.

Her career highlights include umpiring at two Olympics Games (Beijing and London), one World Cup in Roasrio, Argentina in 2010 and one Champions Trophy in Amstelveen, Netherlands in 2011.

Bartlema becomes the 32nd women’s umpire to receive a Golden Whistle and the fourth Dutch female umpire to earn the honor. She joins Loekie Rogge (1984), Mirjam van Gemert (2000) and Renee Coehn (2003).

Congratulations to Stella on this outstanding achievement !