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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

The 2016 winner is Karen Macleod.

Karen has had extensive involvement with officiating - spanning some 28 years. She is a life member of her club (Miami), her region (Gold Coast), and her State.

Karen was presented the prestigious Roger Smith Award for Australian technical official of the year (2005), and was the inaugural recipient of the Gold Coast Technical Official of the Year Award (2013).

Karen has refereed at State and National Championships for many years. She is a former FINA referee, and officiated at several international meets, including:

Karen is currently a member of the Regional, State and National technical committees and, as such, has had significant input into the identification and development of new officials through mentoring, accrediting, and appointing others to higher level meets.

Karen is a former chief referee of Swimming Queensland, and is currently the technical manager for both Swimming Queensland and Swimming Australia.

Karen willingly mentors newer officials. She provides timely and pertinent words of wisdom to more experienced officials. She is highly involved in the development of up-and-coming officials across the nation, through her leadership of workshops and officiating activities at the State Age Teams Short Course meet (Canberra).

As a key member of the SAL technical swimming committee, Karen has successfully led the re-writing of SAL learner guides. Furthermore, she has led the introduction of the nationwide assessment regime (ie IOT test, JOS test, level 1 referee exam) and has developed a set of pool deck protocols which have been adopted by all technical officials across Australia.

At all times, Karen is professional, thorough, respectful, accessible, and knowledgeable. She is literally a walking encyclopaedia of swimming rules, with a deep and all-round knowledge. Karen is extremely well respected by the wider swimming community and has shown tireless dedication to swimming officiating for many years. 


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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