Teenage boundary umpire wins Golden Whistle
HAMILTON teenager Luke North was a popular winner of the Western District Umpires Association’s top award for the season, winning the Golden Whistle at the local group’s presentation dinner on Saturday night.
At just 17 years of age, North completed his fourth full season as a boundary umpire in the WDUA, highlighted by his selection at interleague level and the Hampden Football League reserves grand final.
Around 65 members and guests listened on intently as WDUA stalwart Geoff Barker spoke of North before announcing he was the 2017 winner.
A strong mentor for the association’s youth, the pair share a special bond built from the first day they met in 2013.
“Barks (Geoff Barker) came to school one day and he was handing out flyers, hoping to recruit new umpires and when he mentioned you can make some money, I was pretty keen to try it out and four years later here I am with the Golden Whistle,” North told The Spectator.
“This is my fourth year and I’m just surprised and rapt to win the Golden Whistle. I just finished with 108 games, so it was great to come this far.