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Badminton Canada has a new BWF Certified Umpire– Gérald Arseneault

Badminton Canada is pleased to announce that the BWF Events Committee on 26 May 2014 confirmed Gérald Arseneault as a BWF Certificated Umpire. 
Gérald has been a physical education teacher since 1990 and currently teaches elementary school in Quispamsis NB. Although he never played badminton at a high level but has always enjoy the game since he started playing in middle school. In 1985, Gérald was introduced to the officiating part of badminton while attending the Université de Moncton and has remained an active official with Badminton Canada ever since.
“We are so pleased that Gérald has achieved this level of recognition for his hard work” stated Peter Golding (President of Badminton Canada) “there are only about fifty umpires of at this level in the world and we thank him for his dedication to this important aspect of our sport.”
POSTED: 2014-07-21

John Bieniewicz, U.S. soccer ref, dies after being punched during match

A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.
John Bieniewicz, who was attacked Sunday at a park in Livonia, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital, said hospital spokesman Alton Gunn, Livonia police and the man's longtime friend, Jim Acho.
Police Lt. Tom Goralski said a 36-year-old man punched Bieniewicz in the head after the referee indicated he planned to eject the man from the game. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad of Dearborn was arraigned Monday on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The Wayne County prosecutor's office said the charges would be reviewed and possibly amended when it had the necessary documentation.
POSTED: 2014-07-02

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Order now and get your Partners-only special through HKCanada. Another great iPartner benefit brought to you by Sports Officials Canada.  To access the order codes, just sign in and go to the "Members Benefits" section.  Not an individual partner (member)?  Sign up today and access all of the great iPartner benefits.
POSTED: 2014-06-26

Speed Skating Canada announces 2014 Annual Award Winners

Ottawa – Speed Skating Canada is pleased to name its 2014 annual award winners which were announced last weekend at its Awards Reception, in Ottawa, Ontario, during its Annual General Meeting.
SOC would like to congratulate it's Hall of Fame members - Michel Verrault, Jim McClements and Sandra Chenard - on their awards from Speed Skating Canada this past weekend.  Congratulations as well, to Michel Dumont (Trois-Rivières, QC) who was given the Officials Award of Excellence.
John Hurdis Outstanding Volunteer Award:  Jim McClements (Saskatoon, SK)
Presented to a Speed Skating Canada member(s), whose outstanding service as a volunteer within SSC has resulted in a significant contribution to the advancement of speed skating at the national and/or international level, in a capacity such as, but not limited to committee members, competition and event planning, sport builder any other similar involvement.

Jean Grenier Award:  Sandra Chenard (Ottawa, ON)
Presented to an outstanding volunteer, either member or non-member of Speed Skating Canada, who has contributed to the betterment of the sport. He/she is an unsung hero who works/worked tirelessly on our behalf in capacities similar, but not limited to competition and event planning, meetings and clinic planning, and any other long-term initiative deemed outstanding by our membership and selection committee.
René Marleau Official of the Year Award:  Michel Verrault (Québec, QC)
Presented to any Speed Skating Canada official who has demonstrated meaningful, long term involvement with a club, region, branch, or the national association based on the criteria in the nomination form.
POSTED: 2014-06-24

Shades of Summer is Back for all SOC iPartners

Shades of Summer is back from the Westmont Hospitality Group!  Book a two night stay at participating hotels and receive 25% off your second night, book three nights and get 50% of the third.  Some also offer a free breakfast for two and free parking. Hotels include selected Holiday Inns, Deltas, Radissons, Hiltons, Travel Lodge, Comfort Inn and more.  This promo will run  from June 16th until September 2nd 2014. 
For the link to the promo flyers with all the details, just log in and go to the Members Benefits section of this website.  Not an SOC iPartner?  Join now and take advantage of these great Summer Promotions.
POSTED: 2014-06-17

Sports Officials Canada Announces 2014 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees

OTTAWA — 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 female and male officials, winning the 2014 SOC Awards of Excellence.  They are two of a slate of 4 winners announced by Sports Officials Canada for its annual awards and Hall of Fame inductions. They are joined by Wayne Pomario of Vancouver, BC from Cycling in the Builder Category and NHL hockey referee Don Van Massenhoven of Strathroy, ON for the Ron Foxcroft Award for Professionals.
....The awards will be presented on Saturday September 27, 2014 at the Sports Officials Canada Hall of Fame Dinner, being held in conjunction with their annual conference at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
POSTED: 2014-06-10


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