first_imgTouch is without a doubt one of the most family friendly sports. You can play mixed, you can play with your friends and you can even play with your kids. But this isn’t only restricted to the players of our great game. Today, at the 2005 Seniors National Touch League, Sharon and Garry `Bear’ Foster got to run out onto field four not only as fellow referees but as husband and wife. Sharon, a former player, got involved in the refereeing side of Touch when she met Garry in a bank. “He saw me in the bank, you could say he stalked me,” laughed Sharon. And as they say…the rest is history, they will be married for 18 years on Monday. They’re used to spending their wedding anniversary in Coffs Harbour at the NTL as they have for the last six years. Their kids Lachlan, 15 and Larissa, 11 don’t share their parent’s passion for refereeing however. “They hate it,” said Sharon simply. “Probably from spending so many years at Touch, you could say they were Touch orphans,” said Garry. The Foster’s enjoyed the chance to referee together at this year’s NTL as Garry is a level four and Sharon is a level 6 referee so it’s not something they get to do often. “It was good today, I enjoyed it, I made him look good,” teased Sharon. No doubt their experience and passion will encourage the other referees at the 2005 NTL and will continue to help with their growth and development for many years to come. By Lisa Plummerlast_img


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