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Official: Daisy's the world's youngest female football ref
7:10am Sunday 23rd September 2012 in News
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl has spoken of her delight after being declared the world’s youngest female football referee.
Daisy Goldsmith became a qualified referee on her 14th birthday and her achievement has this week entered the Guinness World Records.
She said: “I’m really excited and it’s good to get publicity for young women referees.
“When I’m refereeing, people are more surprised that I’m a woman than they are by my age.
“As a referee you get stick, but it’s good to have a hard stomach. Every match I go to is an experience but whatever people say comes with the territory.
“I find a lot of it humorous.
“My family all encourage me when I’ve had a day that’s not been so pleasant. The Somerset FA are fantastic, too.”
Sports-mad Daisy also coaches football at her school, Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar, and enjoys netball, hockey, cricket, cycling and running.
She added: “I would encourage other people to take up refereeing; I get a lot out of it.
“It’s such a good confidence builder and you build so many good social relationships.”
In recognition of her record-breaking status, Daisy has received a certificate and will appear in the next edition of the annual Guinness publication.
Her entry in the book records that in her first match as a qualified referee Daisy gave a penalty against her own school team – Chilton Trinity Technology College in Bridgwater.
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