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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.”


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.


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.

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.


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