India had lost to Australia in the finals of the 2010 and 2014 editions of the CWG.
The umpires for the tournament come from all over the world, so preparation as a team can be difficult. We tend to use online networks to share video clips and discuss these around different themes, aiming to ensure that the umpires are arriving at the tournament with consistent interpretations of rules and decisions.
Once we get to the tournament, we then have a number of briefings as a group across both the male and female teams to go through rules and regulations before the action starts, and these continue to be reviewed and discussed as the tournament progresses to ensure we're staying on track. At this level, we also have video umpires too, which on-pitch umpires are now rotating in to do.
This means that we also have a separate video umpire briefing, and the process and use of video referrals will be monitored throughout the tournament too. There also tends to be a lot of downtime in between games during a tournament. It can be tricky to get the balance right between business and pleasure, and it's easy to make a whole day revolve around one game that might begin at 9.
At the end of the tournament, each umpire gets a feedback report that contains scores across a number of areas agreed by both umpire managers and the tournament director. Overall we're scored out of 10, and are all working towards improvement and promotion to the next international panel. The Commonwealth Games offers something very different to some of the other major tournaments.
It gives smaller hockeying nations the chance to compete with some of the powerhouses of the modern game, and play against nations from different continents with very different styles to what they might be used to. In several cases, that means it's part-time athletes competing against full-time athletes.
Any major multi-sport event is obviously very special, but the Commonwealth Games is something with a little bit more pizzazz, especially for those UK home nations.
On a personal note, I came out as gay to family and friends at 15 years of age, and I was out throughout high school, college and university - and now in my umpiring career too.
I've always played sport myself throughout this time too, and I've had only positive experiences. I can very honestly say that I've never had one single negative experience related to being gay, either on or off the pitch, and that has to send a powerful message about LGBT inclusion in hockey.
I know of very few LGBT male players, officials or support staff, especially at an international level - and I think that's a shame. We have two incredible ambassadors in of Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh and other amazing female spearheads, but we're definitely still missing some role models on the men's side of the game.
Perhaps there are male hockey players out there who are out, proud and able to play completely as themselves. I hope so - it would be great to discuss this with them in the future and share our experiences. The interesting part of my umpiring career now is having to come out at each tournament I go to. Do I mention something to the Russian guy?
Will he then avoid me? I don't want to make him feel uncomfortable around me Do I have to put my welfare first? But does it even matter? These are examples of some of the questions that I ask myself.
Having said that, the higher up the ladder you go, the more of a family it becomes. You often see the same people at a lot of different tournaments, and that definitely helps. It would probably be tough initially to be 'the new kid on the block', and quite intimidating coming into a group where everyone knows each other pretty well, especially if you might think that you're a bit different or are in the minority. Team WelshHociUmps ready to go!!! I very proudly wear my Rainbow Laces to umpire each match that I do, and it means an awful lot to me.
Each time I tie up those laces before a game, I'm reminded of who I am, and who I'm able to genuinely be when I step out on the pitch. Being able to completely be myself is so special, and something I'm so grateful for. It's helped make my Commonwealth Games experience hugely positive. I already knew a few of the umpires, but some I didn't know, and it hasn't been a problem at all.
My partner is also coming out to stay with me towards the end of the tournament and everyone has been asking about him and is excited to meet him, which is amazing! Scottish runner Callum Hawkins should have received help as soon as he came to grief in the Commonwealth Games marathon, respected international athletics official Brian Roe says.
Forget Manchester and Delhi What India achieved over the last week in Gold Coast easily trumps the rest, and it's not just because of the medals won. The standard of competition at the CWG is often lower than that found at the world level but a few Indian competitors showed they can be competitive at any stage. Lee Chong Wei spoke of the Commonwealth Games with finality and the Olympic Games with a tentative shake of the head. The gold he won in Gold Coast is probably one of the last medals for badminton's superstar trudging in his mids.
Twelve days of intense competition have drawn to a close on the idyllic Gold Coast, with Australia regaining its Commonwealth dominance. Saina Nehwal reflects on her big win against PV Sindhu as she became the first Indian woman to win two golds in the women's singles event at Commonwealth Games. New Zealand created history on Sunday by sweeping the Commonwealth Games sevens gold medals. New Zealand won gold in the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens tournament but the major surprise was that South Africa didn't medal at al.
England has upset Australia to win gold in a massive netball boilover at the Commonwealth Games. Australia are Commonwealth Games champions in men's basketball, thumping Canada in Sunday's gold medal match on the Gold Coast.
Australian Michael Shelley won the gold medal in a dramatic men's marathon at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after Scottish leader Callum Hawkins collapsed in the gutter at the 40km mark.
Saina Nehwal became the first Indian to win two singles golds at the Commonwealth Games after defeating PV Sindhu in straight games in the final, while Kidambi Srikanth won silver after losing to Lee Chong Wei in three games. Retiring captain Mark Knowles has bowed out a winner after the Kookaburras defeated New Zealand to claim the Commonwealth Games gold medal.
England has surprisingly ruled the Commonwealth Games sprint relays, with Jamaica's failure to grab gold prompting Usain Bolt to question his retirement. Australian Madison de Rozario has won her second gold medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, taking out the women's wheelchair marathon.
Australian Kurt Fearnley has won the gold medal in the men's wheelchair marathon at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Liz Cambage's ejection ensured there was no short of drama, but the Opals still managed to flex their sizeable commonwealth muscle to claim Gold Coast Games basketball gold. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?
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