[Image: Taylah Scholefield (far left), Lucy Johnson (far right), Krystina Markovics (second from right)]
Queensland’s State Team squads won’t be the only budding talents on show at this week’s Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls with a trio of up-and-coming referees also taking centre stage.
Taylah Scholefield (pictured; far left), Lucy Johnson (far right) and Krystina Markovics (second from right) all earned selection to the refereeing panel for the five-day tournament in Coffs Harbour.
Scholefield, 21, and Markovics, 19, have both taken charge of matches in the PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues Women’s competition and now step up to the national level for the first time.
Markovics described her emotions as a mixture of excitement and nerves but is eager to use the experience to work on areas of her performance.
“Particularly man management. It’s just something I think I can improve on,” she said.
“Doing the NPL Women’s has helped me develop that.
“It’s given me a bit of experience in the older age groups so I’ve learnt to deal with a few other things.”
Scholefield, who recently moved to Brisbane after being named Referee of the Year in Mackay, is looking forward to meeting other referees from around Australia and soaking up more of the advice she has received from experienced officials.
“There is so many things they’ve taught me,” Scholefield said of the influence of senior assessors and instructors.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting more of the assessors and hearing what they have to say and ways to help me improve.”
The Westfield National Youth Championships for Girls commenced on Monday and runs through to Friday, 8 July.