Damien Mitchelmore

Damien Mitchelmore

State: QLD
Panel: SANZAR
Association: QRRA

Year Commenced Refereeing:

1994

Years on NMOT:

Joined in 2006

Education:

Bachelor of Arts - Human Movement

Masters - Sports Coaching

Graduate Diploma of Teaching

Profession outside of refereeing:

Sports Coach, Athletic Development and Mentoring, Relief Teaching

Interests outside of refereeing:

I am a lucky husband and very proud father who enjoys hanging out with the family, playing golf, watching the Patriots and most other sports!

Rugby Playing History:

Schoolboy - Had a ball playing junior rugby through school.  Loved it! 

Refereeing Pathway:

Traditional - Commenced in the NSWRRA in 1998 and progressed through various squads to Sydney 1st Grade Rugby in 2004.  Refereed Canberra 1st Grade during a 1 year post in 2006 before moving back to Sydney.  In 2009 I moved to Brisbane and refereed Premier grade until retiring in 2016. Was appointed to the NMOT in 2006.  I was an AR in Super Rugby for 10 years and am now a Television Match Official.  This year I have started a role as one of the NMOT Referee Coaches as well as the Coach for Premier referees in Brisbane. 

What got you into refereeing?

I was at boarding school and did the Level 1 course because it got me out of night study. 

Best on-field moment(s)

So many of them on so many different levels.  The QLD GPS decider between TSS and Churchie was awesome in 2015.  Shute Shield Semi when Uni kicked a FG to win after the siren v Manly was an awesome game to be involved in.  Lots of AR appointments have been exciting occasions, especially in front of sellout crowds at Suncorp in 2011.  Refereeing two 1st grade GFs in Brisbane are also ones to remember. 

Best off-field moment(s)

Way too many to list! Wherever you travel the people in rugby will always look after you.  I have been hosted by wonderful people all over the globe and it is these experiences that make refereeing even more of a rewarding adventure. 

Funniest refereeing moment

I have taken some spectacular tumbles over the years and it always provides great entertainment to those around.

Best refereeing advice you have ever been given?

It is just two teams of 15 playing rugby

 

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