Emilie Aubry, athlete and referee

29 October 2012 10:25
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The most people know Emilie Aubry (second from the left) from her World Cup appearances on the FIS Snowboard Cross circuit.

But during the summer time, the 22-years-old rider not only changes the sport but also the role; from being an active athlete to a referee.

The Swiss snowboard cross racer, who finished ninth at the last World Championships in La Molina, Spain, is an assistant referee.

Well, she also is the head referee at football matches but mainly she serves as a lineswomen checking for offsides and fouls almost every week.

As an result of this work she was invited to Bulgaria to referee at the first Qualifier round for the UEFA Under19 Championships.

“We were referees from Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Switzerland. I got the chance to be responsible for three matches as lineswoman: Spain – Estonia, Spain – Bulgaria and Finland – Spain.”

In addition, the Swiss young gun also got the chance to learn a lot.

“Being part of such a tournament is always interesting. There are many other refs who are so much more experienced than I'm. Being the youngest, I was able to learn a lot by watching.”

But although the focus was mainly on football, Emilie also did some work out for herself.

“Of course I tried to do as many fitness training as possible.”

No wonder, her season's first snowboard cross World Cup race will take place in the first week of December in the Montafon, Austria.