This week, Footballers of the Week recognition goes to the group of young officials that were selected to officiate at the National Championships held across the country. The photo is of all the officials that were selected to officiate at the U17 Girls and Boys Nationals that were held in South Surrey.
From the island: Alexander Stojcheski, Ben Clark, Cameron Griffin, Cameron Olive, Cole Shoemaker, Corson Greig, David Schmidt-Schweda, Garrett Watson, Hannah Browning, Kelsey Carrothers, Louise Reed, and O-Lin Metz. Tiberio De Frias attended as an Assessor.
Representing the island at the Senior Nationals held in Saskatoon we had Carly Shaw-McLaren and Evan Fryer, and Matt Notley.
A number of the officials were involved with very tough semi-finals games and a few in the finals. Of note, Carly officiated the Women’s Final in Saskatoon.
It is great to see the number of officials that were there to represent the island soccer community and it bodes well for the future of the game to have such wonderful young officials being recognized and selected. The challenge now becomes to keep them and we encourage all our members to recognize their achievements and this is easily done by respecting and accepting the calls they have make in every games they officiate.
Congratulations to all of you. We are very proud of you.