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Awards and Scholarships

John Keppie Award

The John Keppie award for excellence as a Queensland technical official is presented annually at our State Championships. It is named in honour of John Keppie OAM, Queensland’s finest technical official and arguably one of the best Australia has ever produced.

This award recognises participation in, achievement at, and contribution to officiating. Previous winners have included:

2010                 Ted Randle

2011                 Alan (AJ) Johnston

2012                 David Gregory

2013                 Peter Crane

2014                 Erin Collis & Gary Shepherdson

2015                 Dr Simon Hooton

2016                 Karen Macleod

The 2017 winner is Suellen Hardie.

Left - Right: Alan Smith, Simon Hooton, Suellen Hardie and Karen Macleod

Suellen Hardie commenced her association with swimming when she joined the Kenmore State School Swimming Club in 1990. 

Since then, she has served with distinction as:

Suellen assumed the role of Chief Recorder for Swimming Queensland in 2002, a position she still holds to the current day.

Suellen currently holds accreditation as a Level 2 Referee, and is a member of the Waterworx Swimming Club.

Suellen is appointed as the Control Room Supervisor for all Swimming Queensland meets and championships. She has an extensive knowledge of current IT platforms used and has demonstrated a wonderful ability to quickly and efficiently trouble-shoot problems as they arise. Her knowledge of the Rules of Swimming and of the policies and by-laws of Swimming Queensland is second to none, particularly as they pertain to seeding, swim-offs, and determining finalists.

Suellen has also successfully performed the role of Control Room Supervisor at countless national championships and many international events including The BHP Super-Series in Perth and the Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast in 2014. Further, Suellen has been appointed to the position of Control Room Supervisor at the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Suellen is the author of the Meet Manager Operator module that forms part of Swimming Australia’s accreditation process for technical officials. She also had extensive input into several other modules, including Clerk of Course and Recorder.

Suellen was awarded Life Membership of Swimming Queensland in 2011.

She is currently the President of the Brisbane Swimming Association.

Throughout the years, Suellen has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the sport of swimming. She is an active, highly effective, and thoroughly reliable technical official. As such, it is highly appropriate that she receive the 2017 John Keppie Award for Excellence as a Queensland Technical Official.

Local Legends

All the information related to the Local Legends Program can be found on Swimming Australia's website here: http://www.swimming.org.au/Home/Officials-Volunteers/Volunteers/Local-Legends.aspx 

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