NSW Rugby honours sideline all-rounder


A referee, secretary, team manager, coach and mentor – Kate Thomson has done it all.

Widely respected by clubs within her association and recognised as Central Coast Referee of the year twice, Thomson continually contributes to the development of rugby on the Central Coast.

Thomson was recognised at the recent NSW Rugby Awards Night where she was presented with the Senior Community Match Official of the Year.

Thomson started refereeing in 2000 and attributes the decision to her dad who suggested she give it a go.

“I realised I wouldn’t be able to play forever, and although I experimented with coaching, it was refereeing that was my favourite way to stay involved in the game when I could no longer play after injury,” Thomson said.

All-rounder Thomson said the camaraderie is what she enjoyed most about rugby.

“Whether you’re a player, coach, administrator or official, you’re a small part of a big game. To be a part of a team on and off the field is something very special – the bonds you create through rugby are second to none,” she said.

Seeing other ladies in sport is also something that pleases Thomson and she said it would be great to see more women and girls fall in love with the game just like she has.

“Just do it! Women and girls in rugby really understand the game and know how to work hard, which is a great asset for any referee or player!”






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