Gary Burgess’ dedication and passion for sport has shown throughout the years. Starting as a PE teacher in Bedfordshire, Burgess has since gone on to umpire at some of the worlds greatest international Netball matches.
He left his teaching job with the dream of becoming the Head of Officiating at England Netball and is now one of the most recognised figures on the side-lines of Netball courts, thanks to his signature gold ACME whistle.
The golden whistle was awarded to him after his 50th international umpiring cap in 2013, and has since been at the forefront of his on-court identity.
With a career spanning 20 years, he has achieved multiple career defining milestones such as umpiring at 2 netball World Cup finals, 10 consecutive Vitality Netball Superleague finals and 2 Commonwealth Games gold medal matches.
Burgess continues to volunteer his spare time as an international umpire, with this dedication being the key to his success.