Jo-Anne Newman raised the bar for officiating in boxing and helped break the glass ceiling for women in the sport as one of the first female referees.
Newman was one of the first female referees to referee in the Olympic trials beginning in 1996. She was South Carolina’s first certified female referee, the first female national referee, the first international female referee and the first continental female referee.
Newman officiated in Olympic trials in Atlanta in 2000 and again in 2004.
A certified Level 3 coach on the national basis, Newman is currently a Master AIBA. Newman also conducts certification credits for South Carolina boxing officials and coaches.
Outside of the ring, Newman was a paralegal from 1974 to 2004. She has been a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader. She is married to Noah Newman and has two adult children.
Newman is also the administrator for the North Augusta PAL Boxing Club. The club serves young people ages 8 to 18 in Aiken and Edgefield Counties and has some 60 registered boxers.