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Tori Penso – FIFA Referee

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International Debut | Argentina v Canada, SheBelieves Cup | Orlando, FL | February, 21, 2021
It was a tremendous honor and privilege to represent my country with my first appointments as a FIFA. A duty I didn’t take lightly. I hope I never forget walking out of the tunnel that day, the immense sense of pride paired with game-day nerves, anxious yet prepared for the match ahead.
As I reflect back with gratitude on my journey, I can’t help but feel this is OUR badge. Everyone who’s helped me, encouraged me, challenged me, doubted me and supported me. This is your badge. This is the culmination of decades of hard work, relentless determination, consistency day in and day out from the early mornings in the weight room, to sunrises on the track and tropical rain showers on the pitch. For everyone who’s had a part in my journey I hope you take pride in this moment too. This is OUR badge.
While this was my first, I certainly hope it’s only just the beginning. The start of a new and exciting chapter. It look a lot of hard work to get here and I have no doubt it’ll take a lot to stay here. I’m up for the challenge.

Thank you for everyone who’s been a part of this journey. You’ve inspired me, encouraged me, stretched me and believed in me.  From Denton teaching me my first advantage call to Roger trusting me with my first mentoring assignment at Regionals learning how to analyze performances and provide motivational feedback to my first course as an instructor thumbing through the LOTG as we went with Chris by my side, all made me ready for this day, this moment.  I can only hope you are encouraged that anything is possible, no matter your circumstances. You are in control and you have the power to choose your course. Keep reaching higher, keep raising the bar for yourselves and one another. The future is bright! May this be our best year yet! #AllIn #ReachHigher #WIS

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