International referees Ingeborg Kooter (NED) and Carole Hepp (LUX) were joined by four female line judges – Sandra Gradwohl, Elisabeth Leitner, Andrea Lippe and Eva Mayrhuber – nominated by the Austrian Volleyball Federation thereby contributing an absolute premiere in the history of the European Cups. With the FIVB and the CEV having embarked on an ambitious campaign that supports gender equality also among Volleyball and Beach Volleyball referees and a couple of ad-hoc seminars organized in the past couple of years in Rome and Montreux, the picture portraying that all-female crew is an additional confirmation that concrete actions are taking place to support the role and involvement of female referees on the international arena.
CEV VC: All-female crew officiates CEV Cup match in Schwechat
This past Tuesday, as the home heroines of SVS Post SCHWECHAT played at Multiversum sports hall their return match with Russia’s Dinamo KRASNODAR for the 1/4 finals of the 2012 CEV Volleyball Cup, the local fans had the opportunity to witness a real milestone in the history of the sport. This was indeed the very first match of the European Cups officiated exclusively by women.