The first female umpire at Australian Football League (AFL)
Eleni Glouftsis is going to make history at Australian football. She is only 22-year-old but her love for the sport made her to achieve a lot in the field of refereeing.AFL is highest attended Australian rules football league followed by the SANFL competition.
She is the first woman to umpire a South Australian National Football League (SANFL) game in 2013 and is on track to become the AFL’s first female field umpire after gaining a three-year scholarship from Pan-Australian Football League Association to train with both the Victorian Football League (VFL) and Australian Football League (AFL).
She has now umpired 15 games in the SANFL without any major challenges.
Glouftsis, who is in her first year of teaching at King’s Baptist Grammar School, will up and move from Adelaide to Melbourne in January to pursue her passion – umpiring.
«I’ve got a fantastic life here, my family is here, my partner’s family is here, I have a great job here at King’s Baptist, but you have to take the opportunities when they present themselves to you…The opportunity was just fantastic, you can’t really say no to that,» she said.
«Umpiring is in my blood” Glouftsis added.
The 22-year-old attracted a significant amount of media coverage nationwide while displaying great composure under pressure.