Parker’s love for umpiring came in unfortunate circumstances, following a broken thumb whilst playing cricket in Queensland.

“I was approached by former test umpire Mel Johnson at a cricket function whilst I was injured,” Parker said.

“He asked me if I’d be interested in umpiring, initially I said no, but I love the game so I reconsidered and decided to give it a go.

Little did he know back then this was probably the best decision of his life. Parker went on to umpire for 22 years at the First-Class level and 15 years at international level.

“When I started to think of umpiring as a career I could see a real opportunity to umpire first class cricket, I loved the game and for me it was the perfect way to stay involved,” Parker said.

“I remember umpiring my first Sheffield Shield game and at the end of day two the other umpire said to me; ‘welcome to First-Class umpiring Peter, this isn’t even half way in a Test match.’

“It was such a challenge mentally, to be switched on and focused for long periods of time to make the right decisions, but that’s why I loved it.

“Being able to test myself week in, week out was really rewarding and that’s what kept me in the industry.”

Parker’s last Test match in Australia was at the WACA Ground in December 2000, which saw Australia defeat the West Indies by an innings and 27 runs.

Glenn McGrath claimed a hat-trick in that game, but Parker’s fondest memory wasn’t on the international scene.

“The match I remember most was my first Sheffield Shield final,” Parker said.

“Queensland won and to be on the field at the end of the match was really special.

“There was definitely no bias involved given Queensland is my home state.

“When you’re out there umpiring all your focussed on is the bat, ball and pads.

“For the majority of the time I couldn’t tell you who was the batting or fielding side in any game.”

Parker’s unrivalled umpiring experience will be invaluable, as he looks to help inspire and develop WA’s next generation of umpires.

“I’m really excited about what impact I can have on the umpires coming through the WA system,” Parker said.

“What I would like to achieve is to have a group of umpires who are competent and confident at the premier cricket level, and can graduate to First-Class and hopefully then international level.

“My first target is to get a really strong group of female umpires, and for WA to be a leader in that space.”

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