Patia is Cook Islands’ sole representative and is officiating alongside fellow colleagues from Fiji, New Zealand, Vanuatu and American Samoa.
Patia is no stranger when it comes to international refereeing. She first exploded onto international scene when she was selected to officiate in the OFC U-20 Women’s Championship back in 2010 which was also held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Cook Islands Football referee development Officer Lai Gukisuva says it is always a proud moment for Cook Islands to have a representative at these Oceania tournaments.
“Tupou has excelled since 2010 and it was no surprise to her call back to officiate at this tournament,” says Gukisuva.
Successfully acing her fitness test here on Rarotonga before departure to Auckland and again before the commencement of the tournament has seen Patia’s hard work pay off.
“Fitness plays a big role as a referee,” says Patia.
“However when you work hard and set your goals you can achieve it. In saying so I am excited for the tournament this week and look forward to improving myself at this tournament.”
When not sporting her referee uniform Patia can be seen in the community with her work colleagues as a probationary officer in the Cook Islands Police force enforcing the ‘law of the game’ off the field.
Tonga, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Vanuatu are the participating countries at the OFC U-20 Women’s tournament which is being held from 18-22 February.