Half-time Chat with Siv & Aimee Barrett-Theron
Aimee Barrett-Theron is no stranger to being the only, and the first. Although she has two brothers, she is the only sibling to play rugby in the family. She is the first female referee on SA Rugby's Premier panel to officiate a Currie Cup First Division match. The former Springbok was inducted into the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series referee panel in 2016 and was also the only African women to referee at the Rio Summer Olympics that year. In 2017 she joined the World Rugby 15’s Panel.
Added to those accomplishments, Barrett-Theron is also married, a full-time biokineticist and has ambitions to referee Men's Test matches having officiated at the Women's Rugby World Cup and during the Women's Six Nations.
Quotes from Aimee's interview with Siv Ngesi:
+ "I don't judge my performance on what other people want"
+ "If I can make it in rugby women can make it in any space"
+ "My biggest learning was realising that refereeing is the hardest thing I've ever done"
+ "Every day is a school day in rugby"
+ "If I am honest I'm actually fitter than I was when I played rugby"
+ "Being called Mr Ref is just fine for me"