Local umpire takes on the world

Hutchins School maths teacher Sam Nogajski has been named in the full list of match officials for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the USA and Caribbean.

“It was a little bit of a shock,” Nogajski said.

“I’ve put forward a couple of consistent seasons recently and I am incredibly excited to be one of the 20 umpires chosen for the major international tournament.

“Naturally I fell a little bit nervous but I think that is a good thing as it will help me prepare properly for a such an important milestone in my career.

“Taking part in an international tournament like this is a dream come true and hopefully puts me on a pathway towards similar appointments in the future.”

Nogajski said he was looking forward to seeing the next generation of umpires come through the ranks and encouraged them to build a strong support network along the way.

“As umpires we have the best seat in the house and that is such a privileged position to be in,” he said.

“We need more match officials across all sporting codes and my message to the next generation is to just stay involved.

“I would like to thank my family, umpire coaches and everyone at Hutchins for their amazing support.

“This strong network has enabled me to give more of my time focusing on umpiring and it’s great to see that work paying off.”

The 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will run from the 2 to 30 June.

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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