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An umpiring journey: Missing out on Hockey World Cup was sad, but my dream is still alive

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Celine Martin-Schmets
Celine Martin-Schmets
FIH umpire Celine Martin Schmets has officiated in the Europeans, Pro League, Champions Trophy and Youth Olympics.

My dream started out almost 20 years ago. I was a small little girl, not that good at hockey but loving the game and enjoying being around the hockey pitch.

I was always ready to help and took the whistle one day because they needed an umpire. I was probably already a better umpire than a player, so I kept both playing and umpiring. I didn’t like people cheating or influencing the game so I always did my best to stay as neutral as possible and umpire with my heart, to serve the game and the players.

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