As an umpire, Kylie Seymour isn’t accustomed to the limelight.
However, yesterday she was well and truly in the spotlight after being named the 2018 Campbelltown Woman of the Year.
Ms Seymour was presented with a certificate recognising the honour during an assembly at St Francis Catholic College.
Ms Seymour first picked up a hockey stick at the age of nine for Raby Hockey Club – but five years later she added a whistle to her hockey kit.
Since then she has gone on to umpire at several international events including the Hockey Champions Trophy in London and Argentina, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.
Last year she was also named the Official of the Year at the NSW Sports Awards.
Campbelltown MP Greg Warren, who presented Ms Seymour with the award, paid tribute to the dedicated local.
“There are not many more important things we must do than recognise the important and vital contributions women make in so many different capacities in our community, and it’s great to be able to do just that by surprising Kylie with this award,” he said.
“Kylie is a shining example of the many wonderful women in our community.
“Kylie has an impeccable record as a first-rate umpire and her record in making the tough decisions at a national and international level demonstrates that.
“It is important that we remember the officials who make the running of all sporting codes possible and recognise their achievements.”
Mr Warren recently purchased a plaque which will have the named of Campbelltown Women of the Year engraved on it as a permanent reminder of the winner’s contributions to the community.