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3 Stars 2017 Week 12

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Week 12
  March 24, 2017


Officials101 3 Stars 2017 Week 12


  1. Steve Smoger Boxing Referee
  2. Laurine Delforge FieldHockey Umpire
  3. Dean Look Football Referee

These are the 3 Stars selected for Week 12 in 2017. Maybe you agree and maybe you don’t, but read on below to find out why they were chosen. They were selected from posts that were added somewhere on the Officials101 website in the last 7 days. Stay tuned next week to find out who are the most notable referees, umpires and sports officials in the world today.


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Dean Look is a retired NFL Football Referee. This is a great article that shares stories from the life of the 2 sport professional player turned referee. I found the story about his first encounter with Dick Butkus gave me a chuckle. For sharing his stories and his smiles, Dean Look is 3rd Star in Week 12.




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Laurine Delforge, FieldHockey Umpire, has had an incredible year working all the big games and winning awards. This week is no different as Delforge gets a Golden Whistle Award in her native Belgium, and that is why Laurine Delforge gets the 2nd Star for the week.




1st Star


Steve Smoger is a legendary Boxing Referee who has had a very colourful career. For sitting down and giving us some of his story in this excellent podcast on the FightBox, Steve Smoger is the 1st Star for Week 12, 2017. 




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Olympic Referees Share Referee of the Year Award

Alhambra Nievas Rasta Rasivhenge
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Alhambra Nievas and Rasta Rasivhenge earn honour at 2016 World Rugby Awards 


Spain’s Alhambra Nievas made history Nov. 13 when she won, along with Rasta Rasivhenge of South Africa, the Referee of the Year Award at the 2016 World Rugby Awards in London, the first woman to win the honour. “I’m so happy and I consider this a team achievement,” Alhambra told Officials101 after accepting the award.

Alhambra and Rasta were nominated for the prestigious award along with South Africa’s Jaco Peyper and Jérôme Garcès of France. Alhambra was also nominated for the award in 2015 alongside Jerome Garcès and Nigel Owens. Nigel Owens, who earned the honour last year, is considered by many to be the top referee in all of sports.

2016 World Rugby Awards NomineesThe elite ranks of rugby referees are a very close knit group. They are the best in their home countries and they take great pride in their selection to the international level.  The referees support, encourage and motivate each other and work very hard to be the best back home and abroad, making it a true honour to have one of their group recognized. 

Alhambra and Rasta are friends (use the hashtag #refteam to follow along) and she is happy that two of their group can share the award. The pair were part of an elite team of international rugby referees that impressed the whole world at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where the sport was played at the Olympic level for the first time since 1924. As one of the #RefsofRio, Alhambra was awarded the first ever Rugby Sevens women’s Olympic gold medal game while Rasta had the honour of officiating in the men’s gold medal match. 

A friend’s encouragement to help out at a children’s rugby camp led to Alhambra taking up the whistle and she has certainly made her mark. She has refereed at a Women’s Rugby World Cup and in the Women’s Six Nations, and is a regular on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Series Sevens Series.  

Alhambra thanks all the people who have supported her and those she has learned from over the years – first as a player and then as an official. “All of them are behind this award,” she said. 

The latest accolade will give Alhambra even more motivation to conquer new horizons – like her upcoming appearance in the international men’s match between Tonga and USA and the 2017 World Cup in Ireland in 15s rugby.


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