Nominations for the following refereeing categories are welcomed from all clubs, players, coaches and fellow referees. Please provide a description of the referees achievements and contributions based on the following critera.
The Derek Cook Memorial Trophy
The Derek Cook Memorial Trophy was donated by Kelvin Harding in 1981, following the death of Derek Cook. Both Cook and Harding were A grade players from the Wellington district (Harding lived in Masterton), were good mates, and renowned for their fun-loving approach to life. When he died, Cook had also become a leading contributor to refereeing in New Zealand - one of few top players to contribute in this way.
Joseph Romanos, author of Long or Short, had this to say about Cook: "Cook had taken up squash in 1963 when growing up in Oamaru. He moved to Wellington in 1969, on a job transfer with Shell Oil. However, he soon found the job rather tedious. The challenges of running an escort agency and then being a private detective were more to his liking".
This trophy focuses on the contribution to others in refereeing through training, assessment, encouragement, promotion or rules knowledge.
Awarded for one or more of, but not limited to:
- Significant contribution to referee training
- Significant contribution to referee assessment
- Significant contribution to local referee improvement
- Significant contribution through rules advice and interpretation
- Significant contribution through voluntary referee administration
- Significant effort in referee recruitment or advancement
- Significant effort in mentoring referees
- Significant promotion of refereeing
- Commitment to enhancing referee reputation and status through behaviour modelling
- Commitment to sharing knowledge and experience
- Exceptional and appropriate interaction with players and other referees
The Referees Trophy for Personal Endeavour
This trophy focuses on a referee’s own achievement, improvement, effort, knowledge or ability.
Awarded for one or more of, but not limited to:
- An exceptional achievement
- The most improved referee over a season
- Significant improvement or achievement beyond current level
- Significant effort to improve own competency
- Significant appointment to referee internationally beyond current level (either within or outside of New Zealand)
- Significant improvement in status
- Exceptional assessment record
- Exceptional knowledge gained or displayed
Referees will be judged on the criteria listed above. The recipients are selected by the National Referee Management Panel (or other panel if deemed necessary) and the award is presented at the National Awards Dinner.
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The Derek Cook Memorial Trophy Recipient: Chris Buckland
Chris attended a large proportion of our National Events this year. In addition to this Chris was appointed to the World Masters Games, World Junior Championships and was Tournament Referee for the Oceania Championships held recently in Tahiti.
Chris makes and huge contribution behind the scenes, including his continuing devotion to Squash Refereeing as a member of the Referees Management Panel. He has also gone out of his way to Mentor and Assess candidates through the year, giving up much of his personal time to do so.
|Year||Derek Cook Memorial Trophy Winner|
|2017||Chris Buckland, Ashburton|
|2016||Jackie Hamilton, Cromwell|
|2015||Glenn Carson, Hamilton|
|2014||Glenn Carson, Hamilton|
|2013||Chris Buckland, Ashburton|
|2012||Glenn Carson, Hamilton|
|2011||Joss Urbahn, Palmerston North|
|2010||Chris Buckland, Ashburton|
|2009||Sandra Tinkler, Manurewa|
|2008||Chris Buckland, Ashburton|
|2007||Jan McAra, Invercargill|
|2006||Joss Urbahn, Palmerston North|
|2005||Phil Morgan, Burnside|
|2004||Ian Gardiner, Burnside|
|2003||Doug Flint, Eden-Epsom|
|2002||Nichol Taylor, Timaru|
|2001||Sandra Tinkler, Wellington|
|2000||Joss Urbahn, Palmerston North|
|1999||Gavin Whyte, Auckland|
|1998||Sandra Tinkler, Wellington|
|1997||Gavin Whyte, Auckland|
|1996||Joss Urbahn, Palmerston North|
|1995||Gavin Whyte, Auckland|
|1994||Doug Flint, Eden-Epsom|
|1993||David Toomey, Auckland|
|1992||Greg Kelly, Hamilton|
|1991||Kaye Jackson, Warkworth|
|1990||Gavin Whyte, Christchurch|
|1989||Gary Hutchison, Christchurch|
|1988||John Haines, Hamilton|
|1987||John Taylor, Auckland|
|1986||Chas Evans, Upper Hutt|
|1985||Dennis Winch, Wellington|
|1984||John Taylor, Auckland|
|1983||Peter Highsted, Tawa|
|1982||Lester Bowden, Nelson|
|1981||Dennis Winch, Wellington|
The Referees Trophy for Personal Endeavour: Paul Kennett
Although a long-term player, Paul is a new Referee - who only started refereeing in the 2017 season however very early Paul showed great potential as a referee.
Paul achieved all of the requirements of National Referee by June 2017, and was named in the refereeing team for the 2017 World Junior Championships. He performed very well at the 2017 World Junior Championships and the learning and development he gained will stand him in good stead for his future refereeing endeavours.
|Referees Trophy for Personal Endeavour|
|2017||Paul Kennett, Hamilton|