South African rugby referee, Aimee Barrett-Theron, is making headlines after breaking new ground to become the first woman to officiate a men’s Super Rugby match on Saturday, 21 November 2020.
Theron was in charge of the match between the Bulls and Pumas, putting in a flawless effort as she made history.
She expressed her excitement on Instagram saying: “Absolutely incredible experience out there refereeing my first Super Rugby match!
“Thanks for all the amazing messages and calls – I’m blown away by the support,” she concluded.
The reactions to this game-changing moment saw social media blow up as many showed their support for the 33-year-old.
I’m sure elke Jan Rap en sy maatjie will have an opinion about the reffing today (and let’s be honest the whole tournament) but…
Aimee Barrett-Theron made history. First woman to ref at SR level.
I applaud her 👏 massive respect and admiration. It’s tough out there!
— Cato Louw (@catolouw) November 21, 2020
For me it was @AimeeBarrett44 who made history by becoming the first female to referee a top level South African rugby match.
Quick thread on her journey to the top 👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/b1NRlKEFM1
— Nqobile Ndlovu (@TurkishNabs) November 22, 2020
Great game by Aimee Barrett-Theron today. Brilliant for the game of rugby. #referee
— Farhaan Behardien (@fudgie11) November 21, 2020
— 🏉𝐌𝐲 𝐑𝐮𝐠𝐛𝐲 𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐬 (@AndreGeel) November 21, 2020
— Stephen Pettitt (@StevePettittZA) November 21, 2020
Image Caption: South African rugby referee Aimee Barrett-Theron (centre) breaks new ground by becoming the first woman to officiate a men’s Super Rugby match, on Saturday, 21 November 2020. Photo: Supplied