Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council
Senior Sports Official
Sports and events within Basingstoke cannot take place without officials. Be they Referees, Timekeepers, Umpires, Scorekeepers etc they are key to any sport and especially those involving serious competition. Basingstoke & Deane are fortunate to have a wide number of sports taking part on a weekly basis and some high standard officials supporting them. Three excellent nominations are now being considered for the 2018 Award with details below -
Felicity Edwards (Athletics)
Felicity is a valued committee member supporting all aspects of BMHAC events. Not only has Felicity made an impact in driving the Basingstoke Half marathon for the last 5 years, which has had an impact on the whole town. Many people, from both inside and outside the area, target the race as part of their fitness programme. 1000plus runners each year take part. But she also organises an equally popular town centre 5Krun in the summer. When available, Felicity officiates at all levels of club athletics as a track judge and attends monthly committee meetings representing the women of the club. The road races that Felicity is responsible for could not go ahead without an enormous amount of careful organisation; entries processed, road closures negotiated, first aid cover sourced, marshals organised, tents erected, finish team and race adjudicator instructed. And finally, the results processed and roads and park cleared! A race cannot go ahead without all these in place.
Zoe Sadler (Swimming)
In November 2017, Zoe passed her formal assessment as a Judge Level 2S (J2S - Starter) which takes many hours of practical and theoretical training to be able to demonstrate the required competencies to the assessors. The J2S- Starter qualification is the 4th level of the 5 Technical Officials’ qualifications in British Swimming. In January 2019 Zoe will start her formal Referee training. Zoe attended many swimming galas in 2018 as an official or announcer, even when Basingstoke has not been a competing club. There are a lot of galas during the year, and there is always a shortage of available and willing officials, and Zoe has answered the request for licensed qualified officials to volunteer to help at away galas to avoid them being cancelled. Zoe is a regular Technical Official at club, league, county and regional level swimming galas and has travelled all over the South of England gaining experience and working at swim galas on a voluntary basis to achieve qualifications and she also mentors other trainee judges.
Louise Soper (Taekwondo)
Louise is a hardworking, dedicated and passionate official who is respected by all her peers. A 2018 highlight for Louise was being a chosen official at the 3 Southern England Championships which was a great honour. Her refereeing style can be very firm and to the point, so all competitors and spectators are aware of the correct rules and judgments. She has been training for 14 years since she was a junior student at Basingstoke school of Martial Arts and is very knowledgeable about the sport of Taekwondo. She is passionate about making sure she is the best official attending any event and regularly attends training courses to make sure she is on top of all new rules put in place. Louise will always tries to ensure her club is fully educated about the rules and everything she does is on a voluntary basis.