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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

 

Heather O'Connor Bill Slade Trophy Winner 2016

 

Previous Bill Slade Trophy Winners:

 

     2015 Tom Roscoe
     2014 Sue Dyer
     2013 Margaret Arnold
     2012 Joffre Charles
     2011 Bob Oldfield
     2010 Margaret Lang
     2009 Sandy Frame 
     2008 Bob Ness

Tom Roscoe 2015 Officials of the Year
                                                    

 

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

2016 VICSPORT COMMUNITY OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

Swimming Victoria would like to congratulate Robert Oldfield on being a finalist for the 2016 Community Official of the Year award at the Vicsport Awards 2017.

Bob was nominated for this award for his commitment to Officiating in his District and for his efforts in assisting Swimming Victoria in the development Technical Officials throughout Victoria. 

Bob is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable Technical Official. He has been officiating for over 25 years starting at a Diamond Valley Swimming Club (now DVE Aquatic).  Bob was qualified as an Austswim teacher of swimming in the 1980s and has continued to coach Junior squads.  His passion however belongs to officiating.  Bob is currently a District Referee for Metro North Swimming, a level 2 Referee, and a Presenter & Assessor of the National Officiating Program.

 Bob Oldfield

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.

 

Roger Smith Award Winners:

 

Name

Year

Teresa Goddard 2016
John Rohloff 2015
Erin Collis 2014
Donald Alchin (Vic) 2013
Ryan Arblaster 2012
Janice Smith (Vic) 2011
Ryan Arblaster & David Gregory      2010
Jann Fathers 2009
Ian Arblaster 2008
Geoff Hare (Vic) 2007
Dorothy Harris 2006
Karen Mcleod 2005

 

Don Alchin 2013 Winner

Janice Smith 2011 Winner

 

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:

The program provides an opportunity to foster emerging talent by supporting the following outcomes:

The structure for the program aims to build a culture of high performance through three key elements:

  1. Frequent practical officiating of high quality competition under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
  2. Upgrading officiating accreditation / qualification.
  3. Professional development activities (e.g. attendance at seminars/conferences, exposure to high level officiating and related debriefings).

 

 

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