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What's Your Officiating Style?
Officiating a game depends on the style a referee decides to implement. Some like the game to be played according to the rules, others like the game to be more flowing and some like to think of themselves as just managing the game.

Sports Officials Canada Announces 2014 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees
Sports Officials Canada announced today that Figure Skating judge Beth Crane of Burnaby, B.C. and Athletics official Dennis Beerling of Saskatoon, SK have been named Canada’s top officials...


In 2012, Karen Howard became a certified international singles and pairs judge, receiving her ISU qualifications in 2009. Also a qualified referee for singles and pairs, she has twice judged at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. She will judge the ladies Figure Skating event at the Sochi Games.

NHL referee Brad Meier, who grew up in Saskatoon, is headed to the Sochi Olympics. Meier was one of 14 referees named to work the men's hockey competition at the upcoming Olympic Games. Meier began his NHL officiating career in 1999-2000. He also worked at the 1998 Olympics.

NHL linesman Mark Wheler, who is originally from North Battleford, will also be working at the 2014 Olympics. Mark was one of six NHL linesmen selected to work the men's hockey competition. Wheler has worked over 1300 NHL regular season and over 100 NHL playoff games in his career.

Ken McArton from Dilke, SK will be attending the 2014 Sochi Games as one of the World Curling Federation's International Technical Officials. As an active official for over 24 years, Ken has also been involved in a number of other premier events including the Tim Horton's Brier, Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Continental Cup, Roar of the Rings and the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games as an official.


Terence Marak, Major Technical Official Baseball, Moose Jaw
Floyd Fry, Major Technical Official Canoe-Kayak, Regina
Christopher Laplante, Major Technical Official Canoe-Kayak, Regina
Eleanor Malinowski, Major Technical Official Canoe-Kayak, Regina
Karen Cranston, Major Technical Official Cycling, Saskatoon
Claire Marentette, Major Technical Official Diving, Saskatoon
Wesley Champ, Major Technical Official Rowing, Saskatoon
Chantal Boudreau, Major Technical Official Soccer, Regina
Gary Thronberg, Major Technical Official Swimming, Moose Jaw
Wilfred Olson, Major Technical Official Tennis, Regina
Dennis Rennie, Major Technical Official Tennis, Saskatoon
Donald Gallo, Major Technical Official Triathlon, Saskatoon
Lori Banga, Major Technical Official Volleyball, Stockholm
David Bennett, Major Technical Official Wrestling, Saskatoon
James Booth, Major Technical Official Wrestling, Saskatoon
Justin Lavertu, Major Technical Official Wrestling Saskatoon
Curtis Leung, Major Technical Official Wrestling, Regina
Angela Peters, Major Technical Official Wrestling, Saskatoon
Warren Poncsak, Major Technical Official Basketball, Regina
Mitchell Strom, Major Technical Official Basketball, Saskatoon


2011 Official Award Male
Brian Fiori • Regina • Rowing
Nominated by Saskatchewan Rowing Association

2011 Official Award Female
Nancy Brawley • Saskatoon • Diving
Nominated by Dive Sask

(L to R): Sask Sport Board Member – Jerry Shoemaker; Dive Sask - Nancy Brawley; Sports Officials Canada President – George Black. Photo courtesy of Stewart Begg.


Sask Sport Inc. recognized the recipients of the 2011 Saskatchewan Officials Awards during the Sports Officials Canada Awards Dinner on Saturday, September 22nd in Saskatoon. Brian Fiori, of Regina, nominated by the Saskatchewan Rowing Association, was recognized for his 2011 Saskatchewan Sport Male Official Award and Nancy Brawley, of Saskatoon, nominated by Dive Saskatchewan was in attendance and received her 2011 Saskatchewan Sport Female Official Award for her contributions to Diving.

Provincial Officiating Chairs Forum
Prior to the Sports Officials Canada conference on September 21, Sask Sport hosted a Provincial Officiating Chairs Forum to bring together the leaders of officiating development in Saskatchewan. 22 participants from 16 different sports attended the first ever Forum. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the issues facing officials in sport and to share best practices in a multi-sport environment.

2012 Sports Officials Canada Conference
Close to 100 delegates from all over Canada (with approximately 40 from Saskatchewan), representing 30 sports, attended the Sports Officials Canada (SOC) annual conference in Saskatoon. Refereeing legend Bill McCreary kicked off the conference by delivering the Keynote Address on Friday, September 21. The weekend included a number of excellent presenters from the sport and officiating community. At the SOC Awards Dinner on Saturday, September 22, Mick McGeough of Regina received the Ron Foxcroft Award as the Professional Official of the Year.

More information from the conference can be found on the Sports Officials Canada website.


Watson honours Lancaster
21 Jan 2014 - Leader-Post, ROB VANSTONE

Brad Watson celebrates 1,000 NHL games
21 Jan 2014 - Leader-Post, ROB VANSTONE

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