AMS Officials Committee Announces a New Award

At its last meeting, the AMS Officials Committee unanimously approved the creation of the Jamy Pfister Official of the Year Award, established to annually recognize an AMS Official who has contributed outstanding service as an AMS/USA Swimming official.

The award is named in honor of Jamy Pfister's many years as an AMS official, both on our local pool decks and across the world. Recently recognized as an Outstanding Woman in Swimming, Jamy really had much to do with breaking down the barriers between men and women officials so that there were only officials...and gender really had nothing to do with it. After spending well over 40 years as an official (it's actually rumored that Jamy disqualified Moses for a one hand touch when he parted the Red Sea), Jamy is retiring form the sport she loves. And, so, with this award we will honor Jamy's tremendous impact on Allegheny Mountain and USA Swimming, having mentored so many of us.

The award will be presented in the Spring at the conclusion of the Short Course season. Congratulations Jamy! This recognition is very much deserved!