NRL: First female referee Belinda Sharpe hailed after “inspirational” debut

Belinda Sharpe can’t wait for her next NRL assignment after becoming the first woman to referee a first grade game.

The Queenslander earned wide praise for her officiating in the Brisbane Broncos game against the Cowboys last Thursday, with former Queensland and Australia great Johnathan Thurston [Sam Ayoub‘s client] describing her as inspirational.

“It’s groundbreaking for the NRL and sport in general for a female referee to referee the game,” he said.

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