Chelsea Roffey visits RSA Academy, Tipton

On 15 December 2014, Chelsea Roffey (the first female to umpire the Australian Football League Grand Final) visited RSA Academy, Tipton to give a talk to a group of 35 students. Navneet Chahal, one of the staff members who also attended the talk, writes about the visit:

“Aussie Rules Football took centre stage at the RSA Academy this morning when we were delighted to welcome Chelsea Roffey to the Academy. Chelsea was the first female to umpire the Grand Final of the Australian Football League – a bit like refereeing the FA Cup Final at Wembley – but bigger! 100,000 fans had crowded into the ground in Melbourne for the final and it was watched by many millions more on national television.

Chelsea thrilled her audience of 35 specially selected recipients of a ‘golden ticket’ – awarded to recognize commitment, enthusiasm and participation in sport – this morning and gave them a quick run-down of the rules, followed by a short demonstration of throwing technique. The students really enjoyed their session with Chelsea and asked many questions. They were amazed to discover that officials have to be able to run 5kms within 15 minutes in order to be allowed to ‘run the line’ at AFL games.

A couple of students left with very special souvenirs – a signed AFL shirt and a signed ball.

Chelsea [was] on a short visit to the UK as part of her Churchill Fellowship and we were delighted that she was able to find time to visit us today.”

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