Giles Lewis, like a number of other umpires early in their career, came to a crossroad when injuries from football made him think of taking up umpiring to stay involved in a game he loved. At 17 years of age, Giles made the transition to umpiring and started umpiring for the North Eastern Metro Junior Football Association (NEMJFA) in 2005.
In 2015, Giles made his SANFL debut and umpired the SANFL Reserves Grand Final in 2015. He also was awarded life membership of the NEMJFA for services to umpiring.
Like most of his colleagues, umpiring a grand final has been his career highlight to date. Giles also lists his SANFL debut match as a highlight for him.
Giles is reluctant to single out any of his coaches as being the most influential person on his career to date, “All the coaches l have had have given me great advice with differing perspectives on umpiring. Each one has been extremely valuable in my development.” He looks up to Brett Rosebury and Matt Stevic because of their composure and confidence in making decisions that have gained good respect and rapport from the players.
Giles describes himself as self motivated in trying to get the best out of himself whilst never wanting to regret that he didn’t try hard enough to succeed. His advice to up and coming umpires is to make sure you are enjoying your umpiring, have a good understanding of the rules whilst being composed and confident in your decision making.
A primary school teacher, Giles balances his work and umpiring commitments with his love of music, cycling, travel, food, playing Jenga and watching the English Premier League as an Everton supporter.
Giles, welcome on board as a Rookie umpire in 2017. We hope 2017 is a rewarding year for you.
Article written by: AFLUA Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Peter Kelly