Netball World Cup 2019

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.


Iconic 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.

Dedication To The Sport

This July, Gary Burgess will be officiating at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup as part of the team of 17 umpires. Held in Liverpool, this will be the 15th staging of the premier competition which takes place every 4 years.

During this, Burgess will gain his 100th cap as a top level official, becoming the first umpire in the UK to reach his century of international matches. To celebrate this achievement, Gary Burgess will be commemorated with a special, engraved gold version of his ACME Netball Whistle, similar to the original one which became his trademark