The Victorian Officials Awards / Rewards function was celebrated Sunday 5 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. Each Region and Zone was asked to submit their nominations for the outstanding Officials from their area and a sub Committee formed to select the worthy winners.
Congratulations to the winners from the following Zones and Regions:
Red Zone: Martyn Kibel
Blue Zone: Michael Lindstrom
Yellow Zone: Peter Dunn
White Zone: Les Burgess
Ballarat Region: Christine Christie
Bendigo Region: Peter Hayes
Geelong Region: Sally Hockey
Western Country Region: Fiona Werner
Southern Metro Region: Colin Segota
Northern Country Region: Aileen Zanelli
Northern Metro Region: Sam Barbuto
Western Metro Region: Leanne Ryan
Gippsland Country Region: Mark Jouvelet
Eastern Metro Region: Stephen Hough
Stephen Hough – EMR
Leanne Ryan – WMR
Martyn Kibel – Red Zone
Christine Christie – Ballarat Region
Aileen Zanelli – NCR
The highlight of the day was the major awards of Male / Female Official of the Year along with the Rookie of the Year.
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 recipient has shown great enthusiasm in officiating at a number of levels at both State and national levels.
Male Rookie – Colin Segota
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 Sally Hockey
The Male Official of the Year was awarded to Michael Lindstrom
Congratulations to all of our award winners, very truly deserved.
Christine Christie – Ballarat Region, Michael Lindstrom – Blue Zone and Official of the Year, Sally Hockey – Geelong Region and Official of the Year and Martyn Kibel – Red Zone.
Service badges are awarded every 5 years to recognize the efforts of our officials..
Congratulations to the following Officials who reached various milestones in their Officiating careers in the past year.
5 YEARS : Rachel Kelly, Greg Puls, Josh Savage, Stuart Schnaars, Terry Swan, Lincoln Mah, Jim Stevens,
10 YEARS : Shane Bertrand, Kim John, Nicole Lopes, Michael Wallace
15 YEARS : Lyn Owen, Anula Costa
20 YEARS : Sandy Lewis, Ian Morehouse. David Green – Kyabram
25 YEARS : Laurel Puls, Carolyn Scott, Marion Sparkes
30 YEARS : Lynne Wolowiec, Gordon Major, Robert Van Der Wilk
35 YEARS : Lawrie Barnett, Ivan Harding, Richard Lawysz, Hugh McKechnie.
45 YEARS : Margaret Dunbar, Laurie Preston
Rachel Kelly – 5 Years, Lawrie Barnett – 35 Years, Carolyn Scott & Marion Sparkes – 25 Years
The updating of the Service Awards is still a work in progress and will continue working on this throughout the year. For those that still need to complete this task please send to Sally Koenitz – Officials@athsvic.org.au
Congratulations also to Phil Atkins who was awarded the LAVic Official of the Year award at the LAVic Gala Dinner on Saturday 15 August during the Centre fest weekend at Bendigo.