A BARNSLEY official has made it to the global stage by refereeing at the Rugby League World Cup.

Dean Bowmer, 37, from the town centre, started training to become a rugby referee whilst he was at university.

He’s gone from strength-to-strength and made his first appearance on the world stage earlier this week.

His wife, 36-year-old Lindsey, told the Chronicle: “He’s been refereeing since 2010 and then turned professional two years later.

“He’s been working his way up - first amateur games and then now professional.

“He was the touch judge for the New Zealand vs Lebanon game.

“He’s really enjoying it.”

Lindsey said she’s really proud of Dean for his achievements whilst he works for the HMRC during the week.

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He is a touch judge in the Super League as well as a referee in the National League.

“They’re all in Manchester at the minute in a camp,” she added.

“I’m really proud of him.

“He’s put in a lot of work alongside his main job at the HMRC.”