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Volunteers celebrated at annual SOUK Awards

Four English officials received recognition at the 2016 Sports Officials UK (SOUK) National Officiating Awards last night, with diving’s Frank Clewlow winning the Category Lifetime Achievement Award.

The annual event took place last night at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwick. Sport officials have a crucial role to play in sport and these annual awards celebrate officiating excellence.

The four English officials that were recognised were:

  • Susie Bamber, diving, finalist in the category of Officials Developer of the Year
  • Chris Stephens, water polo, finalist in the category Community Official of the Year.
  • Richard Crisp, synchronised swimming, finalist in the category Officials Mentor of the Year
  • Frank Clewlow, diving, finalist (winner) of the category Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Clewlow received recognition because of his many years of involvement at all levels of diving. He regularly delivers training courses and has done a lot of work in testing the DiveRecorder software which is used at most national diving events.

Steph Matthews, ASA Volunteer Engagement Manager, said: “It is fantastic to see our talented officials being recognised amongst their sporting peers. Many congratulations to Frank for taking home the Award, but also to Susie, Chris and Richard for their selection as finalists.

“Congratulations also to Jenny Gray received recognition at the event as a SOUK legend. Well-deserved recognition for all.”

About the Sports Officials UK (SOUK) Awards

Sports Officials UK is recognised as the organisation responsible for representing and supporting officials from across all sports in the UK.

It helps sports officials at all levels to deliver safe and enjoyable sport for all.

SOUK aims to raise the profile of officiating within the UK and internationally offering a forum for sharing best practice across sports.