Teen on top of his game as qualified referee

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
James Knowlson prepares to referee at the NRL WA & SSWA Junior State League Championships.
Camera IconJames Knowlson prepares to referee at the NRL WA & SSWA Junior State League Championships. Credit: Tony Crowe NRL WA

Albany youngster James Knowlson is adding another string to his officiating bow, becoming a qualified rugby referee.

The 14-year-old has a passion for refereeing which began with soccer and then extended to touch rugby, for which he has officiated games in the past two years.

Knowlson has been introduced to NRL through touch rugby and after joining up with the Albany Sea Dragons Rugby League and Sporting Club as a referee, he was encouraged by NRL WA to travel to Perth and become qualified.

Knowlson was invited to become accredited at the 2019 NRL WA and SSWA Junior State League Championships in the past few days in Rockingham.

He finished off the four-day championships by earning selection as a touch line judge in the under-15s grand final on Tuesday.

“The experience of being at State championship was fantastic,” he said. “I gained some excellent feedback from a group of top referees who have helped to increase my knowledge of the sport.

“I love being a part of sport and if I can’t play at any time I look to be a part of it in another way, and what better way to be involved in the game than in the middle of it as a referee?”

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