Andrew Swinburne of Carnegie Judo Club in Dunfermline has been awarded the JudoScotland Technical Official/Referee of the Year.  The JudoScotland Coaching and Volunteering Awards are a National Awards programme designed to recognise the hard work and dedication of the Judo workforce in Scotland. The Technical Official/Referee of the Year recognises the hard work and dedication that these roles make to the competition structure, providing fantastic opportunities and experiences in judo.

Andrew, on winning the award, commented,  “I’d like to thank my coaches, my club members and the wider judo family who always encourage each other to succeed and do their best.  Also, a thank you to JudoScotland for providing the opportunity to win the award.  I hope to inspire and persuade others to volunteer with JudoScotland to make our great judo events even more memorable ”

Sam Ingram of JudoScotland added, “Andrew’s dedication to the sport has not only led to his development as a coach on the JudoScotland Coaching Academy and through his work with Fighting Chance Scotland,  but it has also led him to develop as a technical official in the sport. As a voluntary role, technical officials and referees’ commitment to the sport is invaluable and allows for Judo events in Scotland to happen.”

Andrew was presented his award on Monday 28 November at FuDog Martial Arts the home of Carnegie Judo Club by JudoScotland Regional Development Officer Sam Ingram.