Michelle Phippard may have an intimidating on-court presence, but the All Australian Umpire Award recipient loves to have a laugh and a chat. Get her talking about her beloved netball and she’ll talk your ear off. Michelle’s passion and prowess for umpiring the game will now take her to Liverpool where she will officiate at her third Netball World Cup. In 2001 Michelle umpired her first international netball match and has since gone on to umpire over 100 international test matches and counting. The majority of her international umpiring experience came from her time working abroad as a legal consultant for the United Nations.