Mitchell Price, 26, a representative of the 2012 Victorian All Abilities netball team has changed his focus to umpiring.
In 2008, Mitchell achieved hisNational C-grade badge. Recently he was recognised for his umpiring skills by being awarded the finals at the Eastern Association Championships.
Netball Victoria Umpire Development Coordinator Ann Castles stated that the success of Mitchell has helped inspire other people to give umpiring a go.
On his way to achieving his umpiring goals Mitchell said “umpiring can be challenging. You have to be on the ball and always concentrating.”
“Mitchell’s belief in his own ability to achieve his goals and his ‘never give up’ attitude has been instrumental in achieving a National C grade badge and umpiring at Associations, Football/Netball Leagues and other tournaments”, Mrs Castles said.
Mitchell first became involved in netball through his existing social networks.
His favourite thing about playing and umpiring is the opportunity it creates to meet new people and make new friends.
Mitchell believes that “people with a disability should have a go at netball and try something new”.
Netball Victoria Community Engagement Coordinator Cassandra Hadson praised the dedication shown by Mitchell.
“Mitchell is an example to all people not only playing netball, but in any sport, that you can achieve goals and be successful in your own right,” Ms Hadson said.
“We are thrilled to have him involved in our programs and hope we can continue to work on developing his skills in the future.”
Mitchell currently plays and umpires netball at Leongatha and District Netball Association. He recently represented La Trobe Valley during the Netball Victoria State Titles.