Sports Officials Canada Announces 2013 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductee


Sports Officials Canada Announces 2013 Award Winners and Hall of Fame Inductees


OTTAWA — Sports Officials Canada announced today that Canadian Diving legend Beverly Boys and Speed Skating official Jacques Gregoire have been named Canada’s top female and male officials, winning the 2013 SOC Awards of Excellence.  They are two of a slate of 4 winners announced by Sports Officials Canada for its annual awards and Hall of Fame inductions.


Beverly Boys of Surrey, B.C. has been involved in the sport of diving for 46 years; 16 years as a diver and coach, and for the past 30 years as a FINA “A Level” international judge.  She has judged at the highest levels of the sport of diving including the four Olympic Games, five World Championships, and six Commonwealth Games.


Ms. Boys has been a member of the Diving Plongeon Canada’s officials committees for close to 30 years and has used her experience as an athlete and coach to contribute practical insight into the officiating and judging of diving. She was elevated to the Chair of the Officials committee for 15 years spearheading the development and implementation of new judging rules, to improve the expertise and consistency of Canadian judges.


Her long affiliation in the sport and dedication to improving the quality of officiating for diving and for divers has placed her in a unique position to be a role model for officials in sport. Her insight into the athletes and coaches world has enabled her to voice her opinion on sometimes challenging issues in officiating and to work collaboratively with colleagues towards outcomes that advance the sport.


Jacques Gregoire of Montreal, Q.C., has had a tremendous impact in the sport of Speed Skating over the last twenty-four years, specifically in his ongoing efforts to continue to be a mentor in the development of up and coming officials of all disciplines. Gregoire was added to the International List of Referees in 2004, and in 2009 was called to the ISU Championship List, and since then, has received no less than three annual assignments to various World Cups and Championships. This in itself is a great achievement, and speaks to the respect by the ISU of Gregoire and his skills and expertise.


Since 2006 he has had thirteen ISU assignments including 6 World Cups, 3 World Championships, the 2012 Youth Olympics and several major European events.  He has also participated in six (6) ISU Clinics since 2003.


Domestically, he has officiated more than 215 competitions since 1989, averaging ten (10) or more a season, including the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.  His volunteer duties as a clinician and mentor extend not only to the international community, but also provincially and nationally where he has served on numerous officiating committees.


Gregoire have previously been awarded the Speed Skating Canada Rene Marleau Award (2012), given to a Speed Skating Canada official who has demonstrated meaningful, long-term involvement with a club, region, branch, or the national association, who does an outstanding job of officiating at speed skating meets.


Also from the sport of Diving is this years’ inductee in the Builder Category and winner of the Allen G. Rae Builders Award.


Eldon  Godfrey of Calgary, AB., has been involved in aquatic sports administration for forty years.  For the past 37 years he has served locally (Calgary), provincially (Alberta), nationally and internationally as a diving official and during this time, he has become one of the most respected international officials in aquatic sports.  He has officiated in four Olympic Games, three World Championships, and a multitude of Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, FISU Games, Alberta and Canadian Championships.


Godrey was the secretary of the FINA TDC for one term and served as well for two terms (8 years) as vice chairman of the FINA TDC where he was very influential in the development of new diving rules.  His calm thorough approach led him to be one of the most sought after facilitators of clinics for officials.


Godrey was the person selected by the FINA TDC to help evaluate international officials, establish an official’s evaluation sub-committee, prepare the list of officials for major events and liaise with technology experts to ensure the integrity of results communicated over the web at the Olympic Games.


His contribution and support of the Canadian officials program has been extraordinary. He has worked and collaborated with Canadian colleagues to develop and improve officiating in the sport of diving, with many of the innovations being exported and adopted internationally. To this day his counsel in officiating continues to be sought by current diving officials - nationally and internationally, and he is an active mentor to many.


Sports Officials Canada also presents the Ron Foxcroft Award for Professional Excellence.  The award this year goes to Héctor Vergara from the sport of Soccer. Although born in San Javier, Chile, Vergara grew up in Winnipeg, MB.  Vergara played soccer competitively for 10 years and recreationally for 30 years and began working as a referee in 1983. Vergara has become one of the most prolific – and well-respected – referees in Canada.


He retired as a FIFA Assistant Referee effective November 12, 2011, the day after his last FIFA international appointment. He was part of the full Canadian crew that took take charge of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between the US Virgin Islands and Curaçao on November 11, 2011 in Frederiksted, US Virgin Islands.


He spent 19 years on the FIFA list and was involved in 11 FIFA competitions. Three of those competitions were FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006 and 2010). Vergara claimed the record for most World Cup games as a referee/assistant referee (14) when he took the field July 10, 2010 in the third-place play-off match between Uruguay and Germany at Port Elizabeth Stadium. His amazing World Cup appointments included two 3rd placed matches (2002 & 2010) as well as the Germany - Italy Semi-Final in 2006.


In total Vergara officiated nearly 150 international matches involving Clubs and Nationals Teams playing at the highest competitions in the world. His list of accomplishments include Six CONCACAF Gold Cups (three Finals), the 2004 Olympic Games (Semi-Final), the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup (Fifth official on final), two FIFA Club World Cups (finals in 2005 & 2009) as well as two FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship (ARG-FRA QF) and two FIFA U17 World Championships (BRA-ARG semi in 1995, 3rd place match in 1993).

In 2012, he was appointed by FIFA to its Referees' Committee as a Development Member.


The awards will be presented on Saturday September 21, 2013 at the Sports Officials Canada Hall of Fame Dinner, being held in conjunction with their annual conference at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

Sports Officials Canada is a federally incorporated national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in sports officiating. SOC represents Canadian technical officials as a national voice. For more information about SOC please visit their website or contact them at  Visit the virtual Hall of Fame via the SOC website. 

For information about the Award Winners/Conference please contact:

Denise Pittuck
Executive Director
Sports Officials Canada
613-878-7298 (cell)