Touch Football referee Joshua Harmer.
Touch Football referee Joshua Harmer.

Whistle-blower Asian Cup bound

A 14-year-old Tweed Heads student has proven that age is no barrier after being selected to referee at the Asian Cup touch football competition in Beijing next year.

Tweed River High School student Joshua Harmer was handpicked by a representative from the Bangkok Touch League, and despite being the youngest referee selected, he said he never felt intimidated while refereeing.

"At the end of the day I know I am the one with the whistle; I am the referee," he said.

A talented touch footballer himself, Joshua played in a host of tournaments throughout NSW and Queensland before turning whistle-blower, and he hasn’t written off pursuing a career with the ball in hand.

"I started touch when I was five and ever since it has be my dream to be ranked No.1 in Australia," he said.

THRS touch coordinator Lisa Watson said Joshua’s achievement reflected his passion for the sport, and that he was very deserving of the accolades he has received.

"Joshua has done something remarkable for his age and stands out as an extraordinary referee," she said.

"He has a great support network and we all encourage him to keep playing and refereeing his way to the big time."

However Joshua said he felt anxious about the trip due to a lack of financial support.

"I’m excited but also nervous, because at the moment we don’t have the funds to get me over there," he said.

"If we had the money I would love to have my mum come along and support me at such a big event."

Joshua departs for China in early June next year.

Anyone interested in supporting Joshua can contact the school on (07) 5524 3007 or email toni.cowan@det.nsw.edu.au.


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