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.