3 Stars

 Week 01
January 06 2017

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. Let’s take a look at this week’s winners!

3 Stars Week 1

  1. Violet Palmer Basketball
  2. Sian Massey-Ellis Football
  3. Tim Peel Hockey

3rd Star

NHL Hockey Referee #20, Tim Peel was back on his home turf in St. Louis this week, wearing the stripes in front of 46,000 fans at the 2017 NHL Winter Classic outdoor game in Busch Stadium. The stadium is normally home to baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals in the summer months but was converted to a hockey rink for this years’ showcase NHL game between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on January 02. As a Cardinal’s fan in the off-season, Peel was pretty excited to use the Umpire’s change room to prepare for the big night. St. Louis won the game 4-1.

2nd Star

Sian Massey-Ellis is a football referee in England. Based in Coventry, Massey-Ellis is a FIFA listed assistant referee who has worked Premier League and FA matches, including UEFA Euro and Champion’s League finals, and an impressive list of top women’s matches. Last week she was honoured with the Queen’s MBE Award for her services to the game of football. On and off the field, Sian Massey-Ellis is a leader and role model who inspires young women to participate in football, both as players and as referees.

1st Star

Violet Palmer is a 20 year veteran NBA Referee who is retiring from on court duties this season. This week she was honoured by the Los Angeles Lakers team for her incredible career. As the first NBA female referee, Palmer has opened the door for women to officiate in men’s professional sports everywhere. Her strength of character and skill on the court has earned her the title of the NBA First Lady and this week’s Officials101 First Star.

The 3 Stars feature was started on Twitter in January 2016. For 2017 the 3 Stars have been moved onto the website so we can share the details with you as well as the photos. Visit our 3 Stars archive to see which of your favourite referees and umpires made the news last year.

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

3 Stars 2017 Top Referees and Umpires in the world today

Week 2 January 13 
Week 3 January 20 
Week 4 January 27
Week 5 February 03
Week 6 February 10
Week 07 February 17 
Week 08 February 24

You can see the entire collection of Officials101 3 Star Awards back to January 2016

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