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Special Interest would compete and I would officiate. swimming. In this role, I have had the list, to select the USA Swimming offi- In 1996 or 97, I attended my first privilege of traveling internationally and cials on the FINA list to travel to various Junior National Championship meet in officiating at FINA sponsored meets. In international meets. This past year I had Tuscaloosa. At that time, USA Swim- 2009, I went to Guam to officiate at the the pleasure of selecting and recommend- ming had three national meets: Junior Junior Pan Pacific meet. In 2010, I trav- ing to the Board the person who was the Nationals, Senior Nationals and the US eled to Singapore to participate in a clinic Meet Referee for the Olympic Trials as Open. The Junior National Meet was for international referees and starters. In well as the other officials who officiated for athletes 18 or under who meet or ex- 2011, I traveled to Lima, Peru to offici- at the meet. ceeded a certain time for the events being ate at the World Junior Championships One of the by-products of being an swum at the meet. After this first national and also Irvine, California for the Pan official is that you get to know the swim- meet, I have officiated each year at a na- Pacific Championships. This December, mers and watch as some become national tional meet in various positions. I am scheduled to travel to Istanbul, Tur- and international stars. After the most re- In addition to officiating swim meets, cent Olympic Trials, I wrote the officials Course Short World the at officiate tokey I have also had other roles within the LSC to thank them for their service. In thatChampionships. and USA Swimming. With respect to the Needless to say, since I began offici- email, I observed: “I hope (and know) you national level, I am currently the Chair of ating, I have had the pleasure of meeting had as much fun as I did. What a great the National Officials Committee. This and getting to know officials from every week of watching those we have gotten committee oversees and provides training walk of life and from various parts of the to know over the years strive to continue and supervision of over 11,000 officials world. Whenever anyone asks me if I their run against the up and coming gen- nationwide. I have also been a member play golf, I say “I do not play golf, I run eration who will be the names we utter of the Counselors Committee which swim meets.” over the next years. Some of the tried and consisted of lawyers who volunteered Every year since about 2005, I have true came up short but they were replaced their time on legal issues. Southeastern attended the annual United States Aquat- by the next generation who will need our Swimming is a member of the Southern ic Sports Convention. This convention support and commitment over the com- Zone, which is comprised of 13 LSC in brings together all of the associations that ing years. If you were like me I was sad- the southeastern section of the country: promote competitive water sports. These dened when some I have gotten to know basically from Texas to North Carolina include: swimming, diving, water polo, did not succeed, but I was encouraged by and down to the tip of Florida. Prior to synchronized swimming, masters swim- the talent that is coming behind them to being the National Officials Chair, I was ming and open water swimming. Each carry the flag.” the officials chair for the Southern Zone. discipline holds its own separate meeting, One thing most people do not know Within Southeastern Swimming, I have but comes together at the end for a com- about swimming officials is we are not served on the Officials Committee, been bined banquet. In all, there are normal- paid. We are strictly volunteers. In some the Treasurer and am currently the Sec- ly over 3,000 in attendance. Each year, limited circumstances, certain officials are retary. In addition to USA Swimming, I the national official committee sponsors reimbursed their travel and lodging cost have been involved with running the Ala- seminars and training for the officials and and when I travel internationally, those bama High School Swimming Champi- attendees at the convention. In my role costs are covered. But for the vast major- onship meet for over 10 years. as chair of the National officials Com- ity of meets and the vast majority of of- In 2008, I was selected by the Board mittee, I am also an ex-officio member of ficials, we commit our time and financial of Directors of USA Swimming to be the YMCA Officials committee and the resources without compensation or remu- nominated for the FINA list of Interna- Master Swimming Officials Committee. neration. We truly do it for the love of tional Referees. At any one time, there Also, in my role as chair, I have the the sport. are only 6-7 USA officials on this FINA responsibility to select the lead officials Another side of my involvement with List. FINA is the international govern- who run our national championship swimming recently took a different turn. ing body of swimming, diving, water polo, meets, to recommend to the Board the Several months ago, I was asked to meet synchronized swimming and open water officials to be nominated to the FINA with Mayor William Bell and some of 34 Birmingham Bar Association


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