Less than one month after refereeing the NZ Senior Nationals Mens Final and receiving the Derek Cook Memorial trophy for services to refereeing Jackie Hamilton has received the great news she has achieved Oceania Regional Referee status.
Jackie becomes the sixth qualified Regional Referee in the Oceania region and is the first referee in New Zealand to achieve this since Glenn Carson did before he moved onto obtaining his World Referees status.
Jackie has invested a lot of time into up skilling herself in 2016, this has included attending 4 PSA events both within New Zealand and Australia as well as attending the Senior Nationals.
Jackie said “Most squash players would rather feed themselves to sharks limb by limb than referee! But I’m happy to volunteer my time to the Oceania Squash community for without referees there is no competition. At the core of every referee’s aim, in any sport, is to allow the game to be played with as little referee involvement as possible, and allow the players to influence the direction of the game in a fair way. I’m especially keen to respect the extremely hard work and sacrifices shown by professional athletes as they struggle to make a living from the sport they love.
Hopefully, together with the other New Zealand referees, we will be able to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.
In the meantime continuing to up-skill with the help of the Australian assessors, and plenty more travel throughout Oceania is on the cards.”
Jackie was the proud recipient of a Prime Ministers Scholarship from High Performance Sport New Zealand earlier this year to assist financially towards her achieving her goal. We would like to thank High Performance Sport New Zealand which without this funding would have made this a much more difficult task.
Congratulations Jackie and we look forward to following your continued success both on and off court.