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Kathryn Godfrey is a referee who joined the BattleBots team ahead of World Championship VII on Discovery. She is the first female referee in the show's televised history, and as well as the first with mixed heritage, joining John Remar and David Sanfilippo.

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Kathryn Godfrey (far left) refereeing a Monsoon fight.

Like fellow referees, her role within the show consists of ensuring a competing team are abiding by the rules, counting down immobile robots, calling a pause in the fight if unsticks are necessary between bots, and calling the end of the fight if it has been decided by knockout.

She featured in the first episode of World Championship VII, issuing her first count-out on Shatter! in its KO loss to HUGE. Her second involvement came in the following episode as Mammoth was knocked out by Valkyrie.

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Kathryn Godfrey (second from right) refereeing a Valkyrie fight.

She met BattleBots producer Trey Roski while teaching at the school his son attended, recognizing him from the show's original Comedy Central run. Following the passing of former referee Michael Ayers, Roski formally invited her to the show, but she initially declined.[1] Godfrey later took on the role and was first trialled in the second re:MARS all:STARS event in June 2022, and continued this role into World Championship VII.

Outside BattleBots[]

Kathryn Godfrey was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States aged 20, where she studied childcare with a focus on additional needs. After studying, Kathryn worked as a special needs Nanny before teaching at a local school.[1]

She continues to work as a teacher, raising Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs on her farm in California.[1]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Correspondence with Sarah Malyan of Team Pun-Chant in January 2023

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