Last weekend JudoScotland referee Victoria Kirk, succeeded in her promotion to National B referee at the British Schools Championship. A brilliant achievement which sees her on the way to the top ranks of British referees. Following her promotion, we caught up with Victoria to hear about her journey into refereeing.

How did you get into refereeing?
“When I was a junior judoka, I would go to senior tournaments watching my dad and would want to be involved. I started refereeing at tournaments I wasn’t taking part in.”

What do you enjoy most about refereeing?
“I like meeting people and giving back to judo. Watching players progress.”

What are your aspirations as a referee and how will this promotion help you get there?

“I am enjoying refereeing wherever I go just now. I’m looking to continue to develop and will look to gain my National A and then take it from there.”

What advice would you give someone looking to get involved in refereeing?
“Do it, we are a friendly bunch of people who support one another. It’s rewarding and enjoyable.
Stay respectful to everyone as sometimes emotions can run high, just be understanding.”

If you are interested in starting your journey to refereeing and officiating, why not come along to our online Time Keeping Course next Wednesday.