Sergi Sampons dares to arbitrate in Australia
The Catalan referee who is in Australia with the intention, among other things, to improve his level of English in the face of new work experiences has not stopped one of his passions: to be a Water Polo Referee.
With the intention of achieving great milestones, Sergi Sampons put into practice an idea in which he had been working from a long time ago: to leave for Australia. The decision to live an experience in another country has been made due to two reasons:
- The economic situation that the country (Spain) has been experiencing for more than five years, has dwarfed the labor market and its integration in it
- This added to the intention to improve his English level in the face of new job opportunities has been the main reason that has led this young Catalan referee to cross the pond.
“I have to say it all started because I met a friend who had been in Australia and I was curious, so I started asking her a thousand things and she saw that i was very interested,” Sergi said.
“She recommended the agency 'A Salto a Australia'. From there, I got in touch with them and it was super easy for the great help they gave me. They know that making the jump to a country so far from home is complicated. But with everything, you put and believe that you can do it,” explains Sampons.
Being such a big country, the National League begins at the start of February and ends in May with the Finals. Until December, at least in the state of New South Wales, there is a league (Metro Competition) that serves as preparation for the National League.
"As most teams are in Sydney, the level is very competitive and very strong. In many of them there are players of the national team and that makes the competition attractive,” explains Sampons.
"There is a lot of contact game but also a lot of quality. There there is very good rivalry for almost all matches between Men and Women, so any team can take the title in May. Maybe the quality of the Metro Competition, NSW teams have an important advantage but otherwise, the game seems very similar to the one we have in our country.”
Once he knew that his trajectory as a player was going to come to an end, he wanted to look for new ways in which to maintain a direct relationship with a sport in which he has developed as a person.
"The idea of being a coach did not seem bad to me, it's more, I would never have imagined being a Water polo referee with the quarrel that I was when I played,” he said.
“The Catalan Federation had referee courses and my mother convinced me that this was a good idea to keep in contact with Water Polo since that way I would understand the regulation in a deeper way and could apply it when I had to play. Right now, I think I would not change it for anything,” explains Sampons, who wants to make the most of his time in Australia.
[Translated version] Edited by Vangeli Kollias (Communications Coordinator)
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