Bassendean hockey umpire off to officiate at Rio Games


Melissa Trivic and Tammy Standley.
Melissa Trivic and Tammy Standley.

A BASSENDEAN hockey umpire has achieved her Olympic goal after losing the chance to compete as a teenager.

Mother of two Melissa Trivic will be heading to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games after the umpire was one of three WA hockey officials selected to umpire at the Olympics.

Trivic said her former coach told her she would not make it as a player.

“At the age of 17 a coach said to me that I probably wouldn’t make it on the field as a player but I might as an umpire,” she said.

“As hard as that is to take at the age of 17, I was pretty realistic so it was pretty good advice from him and here I am 20 years later.

“He sent me a text when I got appointed and it was along the lines of ‘hard work paying off’.”

Trivic said she was excited to experience her first Olympics as an umpire.

“I just love hockey so it evolved, not as a player but as an official to be able to help the players do what they do,” she said.

“I have worked very hard to be there, especially over the last 10 months. I will be glad to get there, on the pitch and in the action.

“I just want to go away, have a great time at umpire world and put all the hard work into place. I want to be successful too so I’m just going to go over there and smash it hopefully.”

The Rio Olympics begin on Friday August 5.