Swimming official named to new Hall of Fame

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OTTAWA – Swimming official Louise Leblanc of Montreal is one of several inductees into a new virtual Hall of Fame honouring the best in Canadian officiating.

In celebration of the inaugural National Officials Day, Sports Officials Canada is honouring officials who have received awards for excellence in the field of officiating over the past decade.

The program has grown from two awards for top Male and Female officials to include the Allen G.

Rae Builder Award and the Ron Foxcroft Award for Excellence in Professional Officiating. The program also includes the Jean Riley Senft Integrity Award, which is presented at the discretion of the SOC Board of Directors.

All of the winners from 2003 -2012 are being formally inducted to the new Hall of Fame when it launches online today. A total of 35 award winners, including 11 female and 24 male recipients are included in the list of inductees who represent 23 different sports. The Hall is truly a unique concept and serves to honour the best in Canadian officiating.

The Hall also features links to National and Provincial sports halls of fame, professional sport halls and many sport specific halls as well. National and Provincial sport groups are invited to submit names from their own officiating award programs to be listed in the Hall as well. The site will also feature a photo gallery and will list Canadian officials who are named to officiate at major games such as the Olympics.

Member associations of Sports Officials Canada are invited each year to nominate candidates from their sport for the slate of awards. The winners are honoured by their peers at the annual awards dinner held annually in conjunction with the associations’ annual professional development conference. Beginning this year the dinner will be rebranded as the Sports Officials Canada Hall of Fame Dinner.

The 2013 dinner will be held Sept. 21, 2013 in Ottawa at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.

Those being inducted are:
2012
Corrie Davis 2012 Baseball Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Sandra Chandra 2012 Speed Skating – ST Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year
Don Gilbert 2012 Baseball Allen G. Rae Builder Award
Mick McGeough 2012 Pro Hockey – NHL Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional Excellence

2011
Hans Terstappen 2011 Speed Skating – LT Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Jodi Abbott 2011 Figure Skating Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year
Jim McClements 2011 Speed Skating – LT Allen G. Rae Builder Award
Jacques Décarie 2011 Pro Football – CFL Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional Excellence

2010
Keith Newell 2010 Athletics Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Lois Laquerre 2010 Artistic Gymnastics (W) Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year
William (Bill) Fox 2010 Lacrosse Allen G. Rae Builder Award
Mark Paré 2010 Pro Hockey – NHL Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional Excellence

2009
Robert Stanton 2009 Softball Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Louise Leblanc 2009 Swimming Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year
Ken Porter Sr. 2009 Athletics Allen G. Rae Builder Award
Don Koharski 2009 Pro Hockey – NHL Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional Excellence
Jean Riley Sent 2009 Figure Skating Jean Riley Senft Integrity Award

2008
Roy Gunell 2008 Water Polo Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Nancy Ethier 2008 Basketball Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year
Ray Kokkonen 2008 Biathlon Allen G. Rae Builder Award
Vern Heath 2008 Pro Football – CFL Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional Excellence

2007
Don Steponchev 2007 Wheelchair Basketball Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Judith Tutty 2007 Canoe – Flatwater Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year
Vaughn Baird 2007 Diving Allen G. Rae Builder Award
Terry Gregson 2007 Pro Hockey – NHL Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional Excellence

2006
Michel Verrault 2006 Speed Skating – ST Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Lynn Smith 2006 Artistic Gymnastics (W) Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year
Allen Rae 2006 Basketball Allen G. Rae Builder Award
Ken Larazuk 2006 Pro Football – CFL Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional Excellence

2005
Jean-Guy Poitras 2005 Badminton Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Kathy Seaman 2005 Diving Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year

2004
Graham Waters 2004 Squash Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Louise Lalonde 2004 Cycling Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year

2003
Kjeld Brodsgaard 2003 Wrestling Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Male Official of the Year
Kathy Stoesz 2003 Artistic Gymnastics (W) Fox 40 Kitch MacPherson Female Official of the Year

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating. SOC represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. For more information about SOC please visit their website at www.sportsofficials.ca or contact them at info@sportsofficials.ca

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