Awards & Scholarships
VICTORIAN TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR - BILL SLADE TROPHY
The Bill Slade Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding Victorian Official of the Year at the Swimming Victoria Awards Evening. This person should epitomise everything an official should be.
At just 14 years of age Bill Slade was elected as the honorary secretary of the Abbotsford Swimming Club. At age 17 he joined the Executive of the Victorian Amateur Swimming Association (VASA) and remained on the Executive for 33 years. In 1955 he was awarded Life Membership of Swimming Victoria and in 1976 was elected as President; a position he held until 1989.
Congratulations to Heather O'Connor (Surrey Park/Officials Club), winner of the 2016 Bill Slade Trophy
Previous Bill Slade Trophy Winners:
2015 Tom Roscoe
NEW OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
A new Award for 2016 the "Best New Official Award" was presented to Marian Beatty (Officials Club). The Swimming Victoria Award for the Best New Official has been established to recognise and reward a new official who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport in their early years of officiating. Finalists for this award were: Ebony Halliwell (Kyabram) & Ben Crowley (Geelong Sharks).
COMMUNITY SPORT & RECREATION AWARDS
The Victorian Government’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards recognise and celebrate the significant contribution made by Victorian clubs, teams and individuals in shaping our community sport and recreation landscape.
Swimming Victoria would like to congratulate Peter Tindale on being a finalist for the 2015 Community Referee/Official of the Year award at the Community Sport & Recreation Awards, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday (9 November).
Peter was nominated for this award for his commitment to Officiating in Victoria. Peter has a passion to develop officiating and strongly believes the future is with our young adults and is heavily involved in encouraging them to take that step from swimmer to official.
SWIMMING AUSTRALIA TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR - ROGER SMITH AWARD
The Roger Smith Award for Technical Official of the Year is awarded to an individual who has attained a level of excellence in the field of technical officiating and whose performances sets them apart from their peers.
The 2013 Technical Official of the Year Award was awarded to Victorian Donald Alchin (Wodonga Amateur Swimming Club and the Officials Swimming Club) at the 2013 Australian Swimmer of the Year Awards in Perth, WA. Congratulations Donald!
Congratulations also to Janice Smith (Swimming Victoria Life Member & Officials Swimming Club), 2011 winner of the Roger Smith Award.
Previous Roger Smith award winners:
|Donald Alchin (Vic)||2013|
|Janice Smith (Vic)||2011|
|Ryan Arblaster & David Gregory||2010|
|Geoff Hare (Vic)||2007|
NATIONAL OFFICIATING WORKSHOPS
Swimming Australia, with the support of the state swimming associations, hosts an annual development event for emerging officials in conjunction with the State Teams Age Short Course Championships at the AIS, Canberra.
The aim of the workshops will be to further enhance and fast track the skills of developing Technical Officials who are likely to officiate at future state, national and international competitions.
Selected officials have the opportunity to develop elite officiating skills with sessions on topics such as communication, mentoring, pool protocols, giving and receiving feedback, and handling pressure in addition to gaining valuable practical experience on pool deck at the State Team Age Short Course Championships.
Victorian Officials to have attended the event in the past have been identified against a set of criteria including those who have never officiated at a Nationale event before, and those who attend State Championships events and are willing and interested in developing as an official at the State and National level.
|2016 VICTORIAN OFFICIALS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL WORKSHOPS|
|Dianne||Towers||Colac Swimming Club|
|Michelle||Gristede||Warrnambool Swimming Club|
|Ian||Moore||Nunawading Swimming Club|
|Martin||Hone||DVE Aquatic Swimming Club|
|Peter||Tindale||Kyabram Swimming Club|
|Donald||Alchin||Wodonga Swimming Club (Mentor Official)|
NATIONAL OFFICIATING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The National Officiating Scholarship (NOS) aims to assist in the development of officials and mentors in a high performance officiating environment through facilitated movement along their career pathway. Candidates are identified for the NOS based on their potential to become national or international standard swimming officials.
The scholarship provides individuals with:
- Increased opportunities in officiating development and education;
- Increased opportunities to attain a higher level of accreditation/qualification;
- Opportunity to improve competence;
- Skills to officiate within a high performance environment; and
- Increased opportunities to undertake professional development in officiating.
The program provides an opportunity to foster emerging talent by supporting the following outcomes:
- Building a culture of high performance in officiating;
- Providing professional development opportunities for officials;
- Providing additional specialist support systems for talented elite officials;
- Providing leadership in mentoring and officials’ coaching programs.
The structure for the program aims to build a culture of high performance through three key elements:
- Frequent practical officiating of high quality competition under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
- Upgrading officiating accreditation / qualification.
- Professional development activities (e.g. attendance at seminars/conferences, exposure to high level officiating and related debriefings).