The Victorian Officials Awards function was celebrated on Sunday 20 May in the Cathy Freeman room at Lakeside and this year our theme was “AFL Footy”.
During the day our service badges were awarded to recognize the efforts of our Officials. Congratulations to the following on outstanding years of Officiating
30 years – Peter Dunn and Gwen Timmins
35 years – Aileen Zanelli
40 years – Lorraine Smith, Jenny and Terry Harris
A special mention to Brian Moore who has been an Official now for 55 years. A tremendous effort indeed.
An important part of this event is to announce and present our awards for the past season. Each Region and Zone submits through nominations for the outstanding Officials from their area and a sub Committee selects the worthy winners.
Congratulations to the winners from the following Zones and Regions:
Red Zone: Ian Fisher
Blue Zone: Lyn Owen
Yellow Zone: Ian Upton
White Zone: Carolyn Rosenbrock
Ballarat Region: Stephen McLennan
Bendigo Region: Peter Savage
Geelong Region: Heather Holzer
Western Country Region: Julie Bicknell
Southern Metro Region: Nicole Lopes
Northern Metro Region: George Pecchiar
Western Metro Region: David Young
Gippsland Country Region: Raymond Slade
Northern Country Region: Margaret Carty
Eastern Metro Region: Steve Taylor
The highlight of the day was the major awards of Official of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
The Official of the Year is awarded to an Official who has made an outstanding contribution in Athletics officiating over the past season. The award is only given to Officials who have dedicated significant time and effort and is the Victorian Officials Committee’s way of recognizing this.
The Official of the Year was awarded to Stuart Schnaars.
The Rising Star award is presented to an Official who, in the Victorian Officials selection Committee’s opinion, has made an outstanding contribution to the sport in their early years of officiating.
The Rising Star award was presented to Lance Kamau.