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3 Stars 2017 Week 16

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Week 16
  April 21, 2017


3 Stars 2017 Week 16


  1. Craig Joubert Rugby Referee
  2. Jackie Robinson Day Baseball Umpires
  3. Brad Meier Beach Hockey Referee

These are the 3 Stars selected for Week 16 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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The sport of hockey is fast, it is intense and it takes a lot of focus for referees to stay with the game. An NHL Playoff game is faster and even more intense than most, so when Brad Meier had to deal with this beach ball in the heat of the action the fans had a good laugh and gave him a cheer. So did I. For having the focus to think fast and stuff a beach ball under the back of his jersey during the play, Brad Meier gets 3rd Star for Week 16.




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Jackie Robinson Day. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his professional baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. When Robinson stepped onto the field that historic day he broke through a barrier of prejudice and ignorance and led the way for athletes of colour to play in the big leagues. To honour the strength and courage of this special man, Major League Baseball has retired his number 42 from the league, so no other player on any team, wears it ever again. Except on one day each year, April 15, when every player and every umpire wear the Number 42 as symbol to show that we are all the same. 2nd Star this week goes to Jackie Robinson Day.



1st Star


Craig Joubert has been one of the top international rugby referees for a number of years and officiated in many of the sports most crucial games. Since his appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games, Joubert has been attacking a new challenge as the Referee Talent Development Coach for World Rugby and his students are thrilled to have him. This is a great video of Joubert, or Joobs, as his charges call him, talking about his new job. Craig Joubert, Rugby Referee, is 1st Star for Week 16, 2017.




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3 Stars 2017 Week 09

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Week 09
March 03, 2017


2017 3 stars Week 09


  1. Anne Panther Basketball Referee
  2. Alan Baser Sailing Umpire
  3. Best Parking Spots

These are the 3 Stars selected for this week. Maybe you agree and maybe you don’t, but read on below to find out why they were chosen. Stay tuned next week to find out who are the most notable referees, umpires and sports officials in the world today.


3rd Star


This post extolling the benefits of becoming a referee made me laugh out loud. A little stoic cynicism is almost a job requirement for sports officials. This job perk of having a Reserved Parking spot is called ‘living the dream’ to most referees and umpires. In reward for the laugh, getting The Best Parking Spot gets 3rd Star for the week.



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Alan Baser is an Olympic class sailing umpire and judge who has been working hard to share his experiences with potential umpires of the future. As one of the #RefsofRio group, Officials101 has been following Baser’s career and for this latest success at raising the profile of sailing umpires and sharing his story, Alan Baser gets 2nd Star for Week 09.



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Anne Panther is the only female referee in EuroLeague Basketball. Making it to the top levels as an official in any sport is a challenge that requires a lot of hard work and dedication. For the women who are breaking down barriers in the male dominated sports world, Anne Panther is a leader, a beacon of hope for young girls who are fighting the good fight, and this week’s #1 Star.



3 Stars 2017 Top Referees and Umpires in the world today:


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3 Stars 2017 Week 03

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January 20, 2017


3 Stars 2017 Week 3


  1. Carol Anne Chenard Soccer Referee
  2. Kitchen Drain Hockey
  3. Referee Cake Pops

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This week’s 3rd Star post made by Ashley Lloyd includes her link to the Let’s Mingle website where there is a recipe to make these Referee Cake Pops out of Oreo cookies. This is the perfect time of year for party favours and flavours as sports fans get ready for Super Bowl Sunday. You can see the entire collection of Officials101 party posts and recipes on the page we call Celebrating Success.



2nd Star


The 2nd Star goes to the Kitchen Drain Hockey Referees. Phillip Kitchen and Steven Drain officiated in the January 13th game between Quinnipiac and Colgate in Hamden, Connecticut.  They make a great team. Quinnipiac won the game 4-1 and you can check out the box score the ECAC Hockey Website.




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Week 3 1st Star goes to Carol Anne Chenard who won the 2016 CONCACAF Female Referee of the Year. Chenard had another very successful year that included the gold medal game for Women’s Soccer at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This Canada Soccer post, sharing the news of her win, was the post chosen to share news with the followers of Officials101. As one of the top officials in the world, the honour of this prestigious award was earned with hard work and well deserved by Chenard.



Stay tuned next week to see who, or what, is making the news in the world of sports officials. See you then! Jim


The 3 Stars are selected from the Officials101 posts and shares made in the last 7 days. This weekly feature is a fun way to showcase the top referee and umpire people and topics in the news from all sports. Selections are made on Friday morning and posted in the afternoon. There are no set rules or criteria so it is just as possible to see a birthday cake or your favourite local umpire as it is to see the top referees on the world stage. You can let us know who you think are the top sports officials by sharing and liking the posts that you find worthy of attention. We don’t go strictly off the numbers but we certainly take notice of which posts are the most popular with you. I hope you enjoyed our look at this week’s top referees and umpires in your favourite sports around the world!


3 Stars 2017 Top Referees and Umpires in the world today 


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Week 4 January 27  
Week 5 February 03 
Week 6 February 10
Week 07 February 17 
Week 08 February 24


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The #RefsofRio and The 2016 Olympics

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Referees and Umpires Using Social Media to Share their Dreams


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RefsofRio wrapup image 1For the 1st time ever, referees and umpires join together and share their Olympic experiences with other sports officials around the world. It was a fascinating look at the greatest sporting event on the planet, from a perspective that has been all but ignored throughout the history of The Olympic Games.

I want to start by saying congratulations to all of the #RefsofRio. What an amazing experience it was to have you all sharing your dreams and stories with us. I am both humbled that you have done this and honoured to have been a part of it. Thank you so much for sharing your stories and photographs. I have collected and saved as many of them as I could and posted them to help inspire future Olympian Officials.

This collection of efforts and heroics of the #RefsofRio is the beginning of what I hope becomes a treasure trove of heroes for the young umpires and referees of the future. The goal when building the Olympics Page was to create a collection where sports officials can dream, learn and find heroes that can inspire and motivate. With the incredible performances put on by the #RefsofRio in a variety of sports, this collection is off to a fantastic start and I am proud to share it with you.



The 2016 Olympic Games Medal Count for Officials101 Olympic Officials, also known as The #RefsofRio is phenomenal:


5 Gold Medal Games
2 Bronze Medal Games
3 Members of Teams that worked all events including the medal rounds

There were also 4 first-time Olympians who performed with excellence and shared the sights and sounds of their dreams coming true while in Rio. With the valuable experience they just gained, they will be looking ahead to Tokyo in 2020. Congratulations to Fanneke Alkemade, Kylie Seymour, Melissa Trivic and Coen van Bunge, all Field Hockey Umpires, for your Olympic experiences. You were all awesome and I thank you for sharing your dreams with us. It was a fascinating journey along the Road To Rio and I look forward to watching your careers blossom as you all prepare for Tokyo.



The 3 Team Members
that were vital in all rounds of their sports are Alan Baser, Sailing Umpire, Jim Cullingham, WaterPolo Officials Coordinator, Steve Rintoul, PGRA Golf Referee.

Alan Baser attended to all of the Sailing events and no less than 109 post-race meetings. He was a Chief Umpire during the Games and did a fantastic job sharing his experiences with us. Upon returning home, Alan told me that he had a great experience and really enjoyed the Games.

Jim Cullingham was behind the scenes making things happen for the WaterPolo events and and his WaterPolo schedules were posted daily.

The PGRA Referees and Steve Rintoul were all in Rio, watching over the historic return of Golf to the Olympics. They did a great job posting photos and news while they were there.

Everyone involved with these three teams of officials would have participated in medal rounds.


Two Bronze Medal Games


Sarah Wilson
Women’s Field Hockey
Germany win the Bronze Medal
Germany 2 – 1 New Zealand

Sarah worked this game with Irene Presenqui, Carolina de la Fuente and Carol Metchette. As with most of the Field Hockey umpire teams in the 2016 Games, the performance of this team was stellar.



Steve Anderson
Basketball Referee
Spain wins the Men’s Bronze Medal
Spain 89 – 88 Australia

Steve is a member of the NBA Referees Association and he was awarded an Umpire position in the Bronze Medal game between Spain and Australia. This was a controversial and hard fought game that was an exciting battle right to the end.


Five Gold Medal Games


Alhambra Nievas
Women’s Rugby Referee
Australia wins the Gold
Australia 24 – 17 New Zealand

Alhambra is one of the top officials in the world. Although I was woefully unprepared for the possibility, I was not even slightly surprised when she was awarded the Gold Medal Game for the first ever Olympics Women’s Rugby Sevens. This is the first ever Gold Medal game by an Officials101 Official, and an unusual and unexpected milestone for the page. It opened the gates for the amazing days to follow.


Guro Roen and Kjersti Arntsen
Women’s Handball Referees
Russia wins the Gold Medal
Russia 22 – 19 France

Guro and Kjersti are an amazing team, beyond the ordinary. They have their own hashtag – #ArntsenRoen. Two of the most exceptional referees in the world, in any sport, their selections to the Golden Game were well earned, and deserved. Their performances were flawless and the game was an exciting match that earned the sport a lot of new international fans. You can expect to see a lot more of this team in the future.



Deon Nel
Men’s Field Hockey Umpire
Argentina wins the Gold Medal
Argentina 4 – 2 Belgium

Deon Nel was the video umpire in the officiating team led by John Wright that included Christian Blasch and Adam Kearns. Although Belgium was able to score first in this game, Argentina scored an empty net goal in the final minute to take the gold.


Michelle Joubert
Women’s Field Hockey Umpire
Great Britain won the Gold Medal in a shootout
Great Britain 3 – 3 Nederlands

This was probably one of the most exciting team matches in the 2016 Olympics. The officiating team of Michelle Joubert, Laurine Delforge, Soledad Iparraguirre and Lisa Roach was spectacular and won new fans for the sport all over the world. Michelle is one of the top sports officials in the world today, and her leadership of this group of elites showed us why. An incredible performance by all.


The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is the first Olympic Games for Officials101. It was a totally unique experience to watch the Games from the angle of the officials and the medal games were actually an unimagined surprise. When I saw that Alhambra Nievas had been awarded the Golden Game for the women’s rugby, I quickly realized that she was the first, but certainly not the last, medallist amongst the #RefsofRio.

Not all of the officials using the #RefsofRio hashtag were followers of Officials101. I was thrilled to see others pick it up and contribute. I have a suspicion there were more than a few followers who were also at the Games and I just missed them. For you, I mean no disrespect to any of you and extend my congratulations to all officials who were selected to be in Rio. It is a career achievement that I know you are all very proud of.

There was one Twitter post that I saw early in the Olympics where somebody was making a post about the Refugee Team. I thought that if we were going to share this hashtag with anyone, it would sure be an honour to share it with them, but I never did see it get used like that again.

With the experience gained by Officials101 during these Games, we will try to use what we have learned and be even better for the Winter Olympics in 2018. Let our Olympics Resources and Newsfeed be the place to get all your Olympic Officials news, names, and dreamworks!

Thanks for reading!
Jim


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Kylie Seymour Field Hockey Umpire

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Kylie Seymour
 2016 Olympic Field Hockey Umpire
 Speaks with us before the Olympics
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Kylie Seymour image 2Kylie Seymour is one of the top field hockey umpires in the world. She is now in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games as the hard work and dedication to her career has been rewarded with a trip to the top sporting event in the world. Kylie is very excited about having this opportunity to fulfill one of her dreams, and the anticipation of this special event has been a very thrilling time for her.

Back home in Sydney, Australia, Kylie is a school teacher known to her students as Miss Seymour. The kids in her school are eagerly watching their favourite ‘Miss Seymour’ as she has been working her way through the biggest tournaments in the world in preparation for the Olympic Games. Even when officiating at the Champions Trophy in London a few weeks ago, Kylie would stay in Kylie Seymour image 3contact with ‘her kids’ and share her experiences through a blog she keeps for them. It is heartwarming to see the love in their relationship.

Even during the hustle and bustle of the last little while, Miss Seymour wanted to take a moment to talk about the support she has gotten from the students and the faculty at her school and in her community. “I would not have been able to achieve what I have in my umpiring career without the constant belief and encouragement from the school community at Our Lady Help of Christians in Rosemeadow, Sydney. This is my seventh year at the school and they have been so supportive of my dreams and goals. They have been with me on the journey from my very first Australian Hockey League event in 2010 and first international match in 2011 to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and now the Olympic Games in 2016. I really cannot thank them enough.

Kylie Seymour image 4Kylie Seymour began her umpire career as a young teenager looking to make $5 per game. She enjoyed it so much she decided to keep on umpiring and that decision has led to a very successful international career filled with friendships, travel and the excitement of being in the middle of some of the biggest games her sport has to offer.

John Robinson was Kylie Seymour’s coach and mentor when she was just a young hockey player. He was the first to encourage Kylie to become an umpire. Lisa Roach is a former elite umpire from Australia who had an amazing career of her own as Seymour rose through the ranks. Roach became Kylie’s friend and umpire mentor as she progressed onto the international stage. She helped to guide Seymour through the new experiences and teach her what it takes to be one of the best in the world. Kylie still remains very close to Lisa and affectionately calls her Roachy when she speaks of her friend and mentor. Lisa is Kylie Seymour image 5working as a video umpire during the Olympics

Kylie tells me that her favourite game is now “…the semi final I did with her [Roach] at Champions Trophy in Mendoza, Argentina 2014 where she retired – Netherlands vs. Argentina – the 2 best teams in the world!” I posted a link below to the Lisa Roach interview after that exciting match. There is also a link to an interview that Kylie gave where she talks about how important Lisa has been to her.

Since her first appearance on the international scene in 2011, Kylie Seymour has had the opportunity to officiate some of the top games at the top venues around the world. Here is a list of just a few of her many accomplishments:

  • First international appearance 4 Nations Tournament in Argentina 2011
  • Olympic Qualifier Kakamigahara 2012
  • Champions Challenge Dublin 2012
  • Junior World Cup Monchengladbach 2013
  • Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014
  • Champions Trophy London 2016
  • Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016

Kylie Seymour image 6Things have been a little hectic for Kylie this year after just returning home from London and the 2016 Champions Trophy and then immediately continuing on with her Olympic preparations. The big days are upon us now and yet Kylie still took a few moments out of her busy schedule to send us a few recent photos and share some thoughts. She is bubbling with energy and very excited and it has been fun watching her progress through the year and chatting when she had the chance.

Kylie Seymour is a wonderful young lady and she has been a real treat to chat with. Congratulations Kylie on your appointment to the Olympics and all the future thrills that are coming your way. Thank you for sharing with us!

Thank you for reading!
Jim


Here are a number of links to Kylie and many of the articles I used as background reading.


Kylie Seymour Twitter 

Meet Kylie SeymourHockey Australia

Miss Seymour’s Hockey Adventures Blog

Kylie and Lisa in Argentina 

Kylie Seymour Olympics Announcement Interview with local newspaper

Another Kylie Seymour Olympics Interview with a local newspaper

Highlights of Kylie at 2016 Champions Trophy NZL 1 – 0 GB 


The Lisa Roach Links


NSW Umpiring Legend Lisa Roach Retires 
Kylie shares her admiration This is a .pdf file 


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