Sarah Thomas is the referee of the Super Bowl: the first woman to referee the most famous sporting event in the world
Sarah Thomas is the first woman to referee the Super Bowl. A passion for sport and a strong character: she managed to make history, refereeing one of the most famous competitions in the world. In fact, Thomas was chosen as the down judge, that is, the official of the field to lead the most appreciated and followed sporting event in the United States.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaaneers compete on the pitch, with millions of viewers glued to the screen and Sarah who, with great firmness and professionalism, conquered the public. 47 years old, three children, a husband and a dog she adores, Thomas grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Behind her studies at the University as a pharmaceutical informant and a love for sport that has never abandoned her. From a very young age he played softball at excellent levels, he also played in an important basketball team. His career as a referee started in the bowling championships, and then moved on to other sports.
In 1996 he began his professional refereeing career and three years later he directed a university match. The arrival at the Super Bowl is the recognition for years of dedication to his craft and for a skill that has not gone unnoticed. "It's an honor for me – commented Sarah, speaking of the sporting event and the results achieved -. It does not matter if one is male or female, it only counts the fact that we do something because we love to do it, without having to prove that we are up to it or demand certificates of gratitude. I have always loved sport and I practiced it as long as it was possible for me; then the possibility of becoming a football referee opened up and I started with great enthusiasm ”.
The Super Bowl was characterized not only by the presence of Sarah Thomas, but also by the victory of Tom Brady, the great protagonist of the sporting event. The quarterback triumphed, becoming the star of the night and one of America's most loved athletes. A milestone celebrated with model Gisele Bündchen, his wife since 2009, with whom he had children Benjamin and Vivian.