THE refereeing rise of Rhianna Boag doesn't show any signs of slowing down, after her recent stint with the 2021 national women's championship squad.
As part of the program, the teenage Group Seven official headed to Redcliffe last month to hone her skills with some of the top female colleagues the country has to offer.
"The camp was amazing - we all learnt so much from each other," Boag said.
"For me personally, it taught me to work with the other two match officials on the field a lot more and support each other.
"At the end of the day, the referee and the two touch judges are one team and should work together to perform well.
"The camp provided me with a different approach to life too.
"Being around the girls who have similar goals reaffirmed my greater need to look after myself both physically and mentally and influenced me to have more of a growth and open mindset towards life."
As part of the May 19-23 titles, the Shell Cove resident and her officiating group would start each day with a team walk and breakfast, before arriving at Moreton Daily Stadium at 8.30am.
"Here we would split up into morning and afternoon sessions, whereby half of us would be refereeing/warming-up and the other half would be in education sessions about mental well-being and mindset," she said.
"The main aspect of the camp was teamwork both on and off the field.
"Not everyone knew each other; the first two days of camp were hard for everyone to incorporate it, however by the end we were all working as a team and it was as if we had all known each other for longer than the five days."
The former Stingrays of Shellharbour talent believes this experience can be the springboard to helping her career reach new heights, not just in Group Seven but in higher levels of officiating.
"It was amazing to be in camp with some very talented referees," she said.
"I have gained special friendships with girls from both Queensland and NSW which I hope will last a lifetime.
"It was special to meet other referees and coaches; we all learnt from each other and worked as a team.
"The atmosphere of the camp was very supportive and friendly which helped everyone settle quickly.
"The football in Group Seven is very different to a national championship, however, I will incorporate everything I learnt in Queensland into my games on the South Coast to become an even better referee.
"The experience has re-ignited a further passion for me to continue and I have reset my goals for the season."
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