EX-GYMPIE hockey player and now international umpire Julie Ashton-Lucy has been awarded one of Australian Hockey’s top awards.
Ashton-Lucy won Hockey Australia’s Official of the Year for 2009.
During 2009, Julie Ashton-Lucy was a member of the Australian Hockey Leagues (AHL) women’s umpiring panel.
Ashton-Lucy umpired at both the Champions Challenge and Champions Trophy where she was an outstanding ambassador for Hockey Australia.
She is also actively involved in umpiring at the local level and acts as a mentor for umpires within her region as well as state level.
Hockey Australia’s Official of the Year can be awarded to an umpire, umpire coach/manager or technical official, and nominations for this award are based upon the following criteria:
Nominees have to be currently officiating within Australia or officiating at national or international level; and
They must show improvement in their level of achievement during the 12 months or contribute to development of officiating in Australia at club, regional, state or national level.
This is the seventh year that Hockey Australia has recognised this award.
Queensland Hockey officials said to have someone of such high quality as Julie receive it for 2009 was an absolute credit to her.
“Julie is always willing to help out Hockey Queensland’s umpires.
“Her knowledge and expertise are second to none and we are very privileged to have her as a Queenslander.”