World Rugby’s Referee of the Year 2016 Drop-Kicks Project PsyTool to the Next Level

By 22 February, 2017 No Comments

Granada-born Alhambra Nievas, named Referee of the Year by World Rugby in 2016, has joined team PsyTool as an Agent of Change to ensure youth sport is free from any form of abuse or discrimination.

PsyTool is delighted to present its latest signing for its evergrowing list of grassroots sport Agents of Change. As well as World’s Rugby top female referee, Alhambra Nievas holds a top degree in Telecommunications Engineering. She started playing rugby at 19 years of age while studying at Malaga University. A quick learner, she quickly progressed through the ranks and even made her debut for Spain gaining 3 caps.

Alhambra is not your average sport person though, and in 2012 decide to hang up her boots, well actually, she didn’t… She decided to give them a different use and stop playing to start a meteoric career as a referee. Since, she has become a permanent fixture in the international scene both in the XVs game as well as rugby Sevens. She also referees in the Spanish national league on both the men’s and women’s side of the game.

Amongst her main personal milestones, Alhambra was the Umpire for the men’s King’s Cup in 2014, the final of the men’s league final in 2015 and the women’s final at the Olympic games in Río de Janeiro 2016. All this hard work and dedication paid off when at the end of 2016 World Rugby, the global governing body for rugby named her Referee of the Year 2016.

We welcome Alhambra to PsyTool to help us ‘tackle’ and prevent any forms of abuse or discrimination and ‘try’ to take youth sport to new levels of enjoyment and success for all involved. Crouch, touch, pause, engage! (sorry we couldn’t help ourselves!)

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