Dual School Referee Scholarships for DDRRA


The 2018 Rugby Australia School Referee Scholarships have just been announced with Downs Referees in Emilya Byrne and Tom Kelk two of only 26 recipients across the country. 

The ARU School Student Scholarship was introduced a number of years ago to help raise the profile of refereeing at schools, and to provide encouragement for young referees to remain in refereeing when they leave school. The program has proved very successful with a significant number of young referees progressing through the scholarship program to referee at senior levels in their state.

Students selected for the SSS program will be involved in a range of activities designed to improve their knowledge of the game, enhance their performance as referees, and expose them to a higher standard of rugby.

Both Tom and Emilya have been involved in Rugby in the region for a number of years, both playing club Rugby as well as representing Darling Downs at a representative level. They have both already refereed a large number of Teenage, School and 7s Rugby across the region including Teenage Grand Finals.

Downs Rugby wishes them both the best of luck for their Scholarship program and beyond.

FK Gardner & Sons