Coffs Coast referee Eleanor Hayes has been selected as an official assistant referee in the W-League.
Coffs Coast referee Eleanor Hayes has been selected as an official assistant referee in the W-League.

Hayes selected as W-League referee

COFFS Harbour will have its first ever W-League representative this season with local referee Eleanor Hayes selected as an official assistant referee.

Hayes has had an incredible ascent up the refereeing ladder with the 18-year-old only in her fifth year as a match official.

The former Northern Storm player is one of six officials selected to cover Newcastle Jets W-League games during the upcoming season

Receiving the news earlier this week, Hayes couldn't contain her excitement.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic it's such great news and I couldn't be happier," Hayes said.

"I have really enjoyed refereeing ever since I first got into it and this is a big step in my career. "

The appointment follows Hayes refereeing her third FFA National Youth Championships for girls at BCU International Stadium.

"The national championships were once again a great week and I enjoyed the chance to get back home to Coffs," she said.

"Even though the other girls called me the veteran I still learned a lot and being involved in competitions like this are great for developing as a referee."

Hayes will balance her burgeoning refereeing career with Physiotherapy studies at Newcastle University.



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