Gridiron Australia would like to congratulate the following Australian Gridiron Officials Association (AGOA) Officials on their appointment to represent Australia at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship to be held in Langley, Canada from 24th-30th June 2017.
There can be no greater honour than to represent your country and being selected to officiate at this event should be considered an excellent achievement.
We wish you all the very best of luck!
BARBARA JOHNSON – Barbara Johnson is a long standing state and national official with previous experience at International level. Barbara comes from the Australian state of Queensland, where she likes to tell us the weather is beautiful one day and perfect the next. She has been officiating in Australia since 1993 and has previously worked in the Australian Gridiron League including the Junior National Championships on the Gold Coast in April this year, where she was on the Finals crew. As a result of this tournament she qualified as a National level official. Barbara has previously worked the Women’s Word Cup in 2009 and the World Games in 2005. Barbara is also the Deputy General Secretary of the IAFOA (International American Football Officials Association) and Secretary of the Queensland Gridiron Officials Association.
CLAUDIA RESSTELL – Clauda Resstell is from the Australian state of Victoria where she is an active and experienced Official. She started officiating games in Melbourne in 2011. She has previously worked in Australian Gridiron League competitions including the Senior Men’s competition in 2014, and the Junior Men’s competition in Perth in 2015. She also worked the ACT/NSW/Victoria interstate women’s game in Canberra in 2016. This is Claudia’s first international competition. Claudia is looking forward to experience of Canada and the camaraderie of the IFAF Women’s World Cup 2017.
ANTHONY CONNOR – Anthony (Tony) Connor is from the Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory where he is a regular state level official frequently working in Referee, Umpire and Centre Judge roles. Tony has been officiating since 2003 first as a part time official and in the past four years he has moved into full time officiating. He has worked in the Australian Gridiron League at the Junior Nationals in Perth in 2014, Senior Men’s Nationals in 2016. He qualified as a National level official in 2016. This is Tony’s first international competition. He believes his strength in officiating is “… being able to build a rapport with both teams, the ability to show control and poise when dealing in often tense and elevated situations, and the ability to accurately and apply the rules and penalties.”