TRAILBLAZING female umpires Eleni Glouftsis and Chelsea Roffey have been appointed to part-time roles in the AFL's umpire development team.
Field umpire Glouftsis, a qualified schoolteacher who officiated in her first AFL game in 2017, has accepted the position of the role of umpiring development co-ordinator – schools and female (Victoria).
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Goal umpire Roffey, a journalist with more than 240 games of AFL experience, will become the umpiring development co-ordinator – diversity and media (Victoria), focusing on the production of media content that promotes the benefits of umpiring.
The AFL's head of umpiring Grant Williams was thrilled by the dual appointment.
"Both trailblazers in umpiring, these appointments are the result of a strategy to ensure we not only have more people wanting to umpire but more diversity in umpiring," he said.
"Chelsea was the first woman to goal umpire an AFL Grand Final while Eleni made history as the first female field umpire and both will bring invaluable experiences to the development, mentoring and training of the next generation of umpires."