South Africa’s Michelle Joubert has been presented with her 2015 International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey Stars Women’s Umpire of the Year Award at a special ceremony at the women’s Hockey Champions Trophy 2016, currently being played at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, Great Britain.
The ceremony took place on Saturday 18 June, with FIH Executive Board Member Jan Albers (NED) presenting Michelle with a prize earned thanks to her consistently excellent umpiring displays throughout 2015.
Michelle is known throughout the game for her fairness, great knowledge of the sport and her support for her colleagues.
“This is a thoroughly deserved award and on behalf of the FIH I would like to congratulate Michelle on her achievement”, said Jan Albers. “Everyone I have spoken to about Michelle holds her in the highest regard, and it is clear to me that she is a very popular first winner of this prize.”
2015 proved to be a very memorable one for Michelle. She celebrated her golden whistle (100th senior international game) in Rosario last year at the Argentina Hockey World League Final, being one of four women’s umpires to reach the milestone in 2015 alongside Nor Piza Hassan (MAS), Elena Eskina (RUS) and Frances Block (ENG).
Later this year, Joubert will travel to Rio as part of the elite umpiring group that has been selected for the 2016 Olympic Games.
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