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Introducing our Technical Official of the Year nominees! Here’s what their nominators had to say about them:

Richard Kerr – Rugby

“Richard has been a match official for 22 years, consistently giving back to the sport and representing Ulster in Europe and beyond. He is now the Referee Development Manager in Ulster – the culmination of many years contribution to the game.”

Niall Cullen – Gaelic Football

“Niall is a dedicated club and county official representing Fermanagh and Erne Gaels on the national stage with his trusted team of umpires.”

Jonathan McBride – Triathlon

“A big smile, passion, drive and commitment to his community, his club and the wider sporting community.”

Gary Stoops - Swimming

“Gary has had a huge impact on officiating in Ulster and Ireland. He is a superb role model, volunteering at all levels of competitions and dedicated to training and mentoring volunteers.”

Connor Campbell – Boccia

“Connor is an extremely dedicated official and is highly respected in the boccia community. His knowledge, diligence and enthusiasm for boccia makes him an extremely worthy nominee.”

Catriona Mills – Netball 

“Catriona is hard working and dedicated to her craft of developing her skills for umpiring in Netball. She is consistent in her efforts, no matter what level she is umpiring at. She inspires those around her to have high standards.”

Alex O’Neill -  Boxing 

“Alex was recognised as best referee & judge of the tournament in Barcelona in De L’Amistat-Boxa 2023 and is always regarded as one of our best at home in Ulster Boxing.”

Martin Grimley – Cycling

“Martin is the backbone of off road racing not just in Northern Ireland but also on the island of Ireland.  He is looked up to by competitors because of his encouraging and educational manner.”

Sheela Lewis – Sailing

“Sheela gives so much time for her sport, preparing for and delivering racing at all levels. She also supports and nurtures talent and is an inspirational figure in the sport.”