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Barry Lewis

Umpire and mentor

In 1974, Barry Lewis umpired his first football match between the Port Adelaide and Darlington police, Barry Lewis grabbed a whistle and took on the role. Forty-four years later, the retired South Australian superintendent, who served the police force for more than 50 years, has umpired well over 2,000 football matches – averaging six to eight games each week.

Barry is the main field umpire for the Adelaide Football League C7 division, a12-a-side Australian Rules Football competition for males with a disability, which is supported by Inclusive Sport SA (ISSA). Barry is highly respected, not only as an umpire but also as a mentor and a friend both on and off the field to the men in the C7 division.

Life member of the ISSA, Barry is compassionate and fair. He’s been awarded seven Umpire Golden Whistles and five South Australia Football Association’s Umpire of the Year.

Barry has life membership of the SA Amateur Football League Umpires Association (and received the first 1000 game certificate in 2018); the South Australia Police Football Association; the Australian Police Football Association (and was awarded ‘Legend Status in 2018); the Port Adelaide Police Social Club; and, Inclusive Sports SA.


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