The Victorian Officials Awards function was celebrated on Sunday 5 May in the Cathy Freeman room at Lakeside and this year our theme was “An Un Birthday party”.
During the day our service badges were awarded to recognise the efforts of our Officials. Congratulations to the following on outstanding years of Officiating:
30 years – Ian Fisher & Jill Wallis
35 years – Don Blyth
40 years – Ronda Jenkins & Pam Noden
45 years – Brendan Ferrari
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: David Armstrong
Blue Zone: Brenton Hall
Yellow Zone: Neil Lawson
White Zone: Michael Brazel
Ballarat Region: Alastair Dowie
Bendigo Region: Sam Graham
Geelong Region: Alison Reed
Western Country Region: Julie Bicknell
Southern Metro Region: Jason Whittle
Northern Metro Region: Jamie Gray
Western Metro Region: Rob DeWit
Gippsland Country Region: Ben Cruikshank
Eastern Metro Region: Graeme Scott
The highlight of the day was the major awards of Official of the Year and Rising Star award.
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 recognising this.
The Official of the Year was awarded to Sarah Davis
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 David Hansford
Congratulations to all our award winners, very truly deserved.