The Victorian Officials Awards / Rewards function was conducted Sunday 20 July in the Cathy Freeman room. This special thank you luncheon for our Officials had the festive theme of Christmas in July and all those in attendance certainly had a wonderful time.
An important part of this event is to announce and present our awards for the past season.
This season the Victorian Officials Committee introduced Officials awards from each Zone / Region and a special certificate was awarded to those in attendance.
Red Zone: Tony Williams
Blue Zone: Ian Morehouse
Yellow Zone: Ian Upton
White Zone: Jenny Harris
Ballarat Region: Caitlin Christie
Bendigo Region: Wolf Hidden
Geelong Region: Alan Hawkins
Western Country Region: Carlene Dowies
Southern Metro Region: Murray Smith
Northern Country Region: Cheryl Geraghty
Northern Metro Region: John Mills
Western Metro Region: Chris Larkins
Gippsland Country Region: Stuart Merrick
Eastern Metro Region: Narelle Scott
The highlight of the day was the major awards of Male / Female Official of the Year along with the Rookie of the Year – again Male and Female.
The Rookie award is made to the Official who, in the Victorian Officials selection Committee opinion, has made an outstanding contribution to the sport in their early years of officiating. This year’s recipients have shown great enthusiasm in officiating at a number of levels at both State and national levels.
Female Rookie – Anna Spillane
Male Rookie – Andrew Stirling
The Official of the year is awarded to two Officials who have made an outstanding contribution to Athletics through officiating in this state. They are designated Male and Female Official of the year. The award is only given to Officials who have given a significant amount of time to officiating and the award is the Victorian Officials Committee’s way of recognizing this.
The Female Official of the Year was awarded to Jenny Harris (Unfortunately Jenny was not able to attend this function as she is currently on holidays in QLD).
The Male Official of the Year was awarded to Tony Williams
Congratulations to all of our award winners, very truly deserved.