Campbelltown hockey player and umpire Kylie Seymour is planning for her biggest game yet – the Rio Olympics.
The 29-year-old has been part of the “Road to Rio” program, which consists of about 40 potential umpire candidates from different parts of the world.
“I have had to work hard here at home and at international tournaments so that I remained in the group as it was narrowed down to the 16 umpires that were announced in October last year,” Seymour said.
“This is a dream I have worked towards for a very long time so I am unbelievably excited about the whole thing.
“At times, I still can’t believe I will be in Rio for the Olympics. The nerves are also starting to creep in as the countdown continues.”
Seymour, who teaches year 3 at Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School in Rosemeadow, had her first taste of umpiring at 12 years of age with the Campbelltown City Women’s Hockey Association.
She took her love of hockey overseas for the first time at the 4 Nations Tournament in Argentina in 2011. Since then she has travelled to Glasgow, London, Dublin, Germany and Japan.
She currently plays and umpires with the Moorebank Liverpool District Hockey Club.
Seymour said much of her family was set to share the experience and cheer her on.
“It will be extremely special to have them there.”