SECRET Harbour resident and leading hockey official Tammy Standley will become the first Australian to be handed the role of technical delegate of the Women’s World Cup in August.
In July, Standley is set to make history when she takes on the crucial role which will leave her responsible for overseeing the competition.
The Hockey World Cup, held every four years, ranks alongside the Olympic Games as the most coveted competition in the sport.
This year’s event will be held in London.
Standley’s resume also includes officiating Olympic and Commonwealth Gold Medal matches, and she said she was honoured to have been given the role.
“I’m really surprised and quite humbled by it,” the 41-year-old said.
“It’s something I’m really proud of; there’s lots of other people just as capable and I’ve been given this amazing opportunity so now I need to prove that I deserve this opportunity.”
Standley, a primary school teacher by trade, said the experiences faced in her day job have helped her ensure things run smoothly on the field.
“Being a teacher definitely helps,” she said.
“It’s the same sort of skills that are required and you’re working with people and working towards a common goal.
“The same things that help you as a teacher, things like communication and listening to people in order to make it easier for them to understand, is really integral.”
Standley said she hoped her achievements would inspire others.
“There’s lots of opportunities for female officials,” she said.
“If I can pave the way hopefully it shows that there’s this amazing pathway and opportunities out there and will encourage more people to become involved in officiating.”