Aimee Barrett – Theron, My Rugby Life

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Aimee Barrett – Theron, My Rugby Life

Aimee Barrett – Theron is a woman of firsts, representing boldly for female referees and cementing herself as a well – respected, household name. She is the first professional female rugby referee in South Africa and one of only four fully professional female rugby referees in the world. She comes from a playing background, representing South Africa as a player in three Touch Rugby World Cups as well as one 7’s World Cup and one 15’s World Cup. Aimee was the first South African women to referee Craven Week, Varsity Cup, Currie Cup, Super Rugby and URC. She has refereed 37 international test matches which equals the record for the most capped women’s referee of all time. She also refereed at the Rio Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Women’s Rugby World Cup. She has her Masters in Sport Science and is a qualified biokineticist running her own practice.

On the show, Aimee and I discuss her early beginnings, from dreaming big as a 12-year-old girl watching the Olympics, to earning a rugby scholarship to Stellenbosch University. Having to drop out and return later to university, Aimee reflects on the hardship of that time but how rugby was a flame of hope and joy in her life. I also ask Aimee about the manner in which she conducts herself on the field, with respect and confidence. We also talk about the viral videos around the Sharks captain, as well as the U20 Wales and England captains and the conduct on field. Necessary to understanding what it takes to be a referee, we uncover the darker side of this profession, where referees are abused, or threatened and Aimee uncovers what it takes to be a professional referee. We show love to Aimee’s family and support system, and she gives us some rare insight into finding your identity outside of sport, and the sacrifices it takes to have an important work – life balance. Informative and personal, tune in and celebrate our woman of firsts. 

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