British Swimming official Chris Tatters wins prestigious award

1 November 2013

Chris Tatters has been awarded the Community Official of the Year Award at the National Officiating Awards 2013.

Sports Officials UK hosted the event at Worcester RFC’s Sixways Stadium to celebrate officiating excellence and the crucial role played by sports officials. The evening was hosted by Rugby Football Union’s Alan Biggs and IAAF Chief Technical Official, Alan Bell.

Chris has been with Workington ASC for nearly 30 years and in that time held a number of roles such as trainer, coach, committee secretary, treasurer, chairman, judge, starter, referee and is the longstanding President of the club.  

Chris undertook his starter and judging exams back to back in 1991, followed by his referees exam in 1993.  Chris officiated all over Cumbria and beyond until poor health made it impossible in 1998. 

Chris began using his experience to train others and today, Chris has trained over 50 Workington officials, most of whom have gone on to improve their qualifications from Judge 1 to Judge 2 and even on to starter which has had a real impact in the local swimming community.

Chris continues to lead the way in identification, development, coaching and mentoring of new officials for Workington ASC. His work allows the club to be self sufficient for home galas and also ensures that local school and county meets are well supported.

During his time as President, Chris has established the ‘Friendship Trophy’, this prize is awarded to the most successful club at inter-county competitions, these are open events which consist of only team relays.

More recently, Chris has been instrumental in setting up Workington ASC’s annual gala, the ‘President’s Gala’. 2013 will see the club’s fourth ‘Presdient’s Gala’ which has gone from strength to strength each year. 

Workington ASC, the county of Cumbria and the sport would be worse off without Chris’s outstanding contribution and relentless commitment.

Congratulations British Swimming officials Pam Mattos, Neil Booth, Anne Clark and Allison Pratt who were also nominated for National Officiating Awards.

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