My Life As… A Goal Umpire – Chelsea Roffey

Over the last ten years Chelsea Roffey has taken the AFL by storm.

In 2004 Chelsea became the second-ever female AFL goal umpire and was instantly recognisable.

“I felt so much pressure to just get out and do the job and not make any mistakes. I just knew that eyes were on me. And I think that’s one of the main differences being female as opposed to one of the guys you sort of get out there and if you are a bit recognizable there perhaps is a bit more scrutiny from time to time.”

Chelsea Roffey, Best in her field

Chelsea Roffey has been a huge success throughout a time that has seen the role of an AFL goal umpire change rapidly. She was confirmed as one of the best in her field when she was selected to officiate the 2012 AFL Grand Final.

“I’ve learnt so much from umpiring. You can learn skills that you can apply to other aspects of your life. That’s one of the most fantastic things about umpiring. I’ve gained a lot from that.”

Ambition and Passion

Chelsea has been a phenomenon and is an inspiration to so many young people who want to fulfill their ambitions.

“I think the most important thing is being passionate about what you’re doing. I started out because I loved footy and wanted to be around footy. The fact I was female was never important to me until other people started pointing it out. That would be my advice to anyone. If you want to do it- do it! Don’t let anything stop you.”

Chelsea Roffey is the most high-profile umpire in the AFL. She takes us through what it takes to excel in a physically demanding and mentally taxing role, in which the consequences of a slip-up can be huge.

Additional Information

Episode Length: 4:55 minutes
Sport: Australian Rules Football (AFL)
Producer: Michael Lynch
Executive Producer: Edris Toussaint
Production Company: More Than A Game Productions

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