Chyna Howlett

Chyna Howlett

State: QLD
Date Of Birth: -
Place of Birth: -
Panel: Women's National Panel
Association: QRRA

Reason you started refereeing?

There was no girls comp where I grew up so I had to stop playing when I was 13. My father was a referee and both my brothers refereed and played at the time.  I decided I would give it a crack. I am now heading into my 10th season and hope to have many more!

Best on-field rugby highlights?

I was lucky enough to be able to referee in the final Heineken International 7’s tournament in Amsterdam in 2013. While there I was given my first international appointment. An under girls 18’s game – Germany vs Netherlands. After this I was then given the final of the woman’s tournament. The game was between Ukraine and Germany. It was a great game and there was close to 7,000 people watching. It was an experience I will never forget!

I was an assistant referee for the HSBC IRB 7’s world series event on the Gold Coast in 2013. I learnt a lot about the game and how to become a better referee during this tournament. First time in an IRB jersey was pretty exciting!

I always enjoy tournament atmospheres. Referees get together from all over the country/world and develop a great deal in a short amount of time.

Best off-field rugby highlights?

Traveling and meeting people from all over the world has to be the greatest thing about refereeing, aside from the act its self. I have participated in tournaments in Dubai, England, Netherlands, and all over Australia.  It is a great opportunity to grow in the sport and make some life long friendships. 

Occupation and interests outside of rugby?

I like to live an active lifestyle. If I have a spare moment I will most likely spend it hiking, cycling, eating, or drinking coffee.

My passion outside of Rugby is Powerlifting. I am in the Australian team for powerlifting and hold Australian, Oceana and Commonwealth records. I train hard, and find powerlifting aids the mental and physical strength required on the rugby field.

I am currently at University and work casually for Queensland Rugby coaching juniors, and Peer Power delivering seminars to high school aged students on leadership and character development. 

Outside of sport and work, I help out with the music and kids programs at my church; playing keys and singing, and Sunday school leader.

Best refereeing advice you’ve been given?

Perception is reality. Be approachable but firm, and maintain a good relationship with the players.


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