TDTM Listener Awards 2017: The Officials

For some years now, the Talk Derby To Me Podcast has been running their community-nominated and voted Listener Awards, recognising members of the Roller Derby community in various categories. The current 2017 Awards voting form is here.

Last year, TDTM added several categories, including one to recognise NSOs as they’re a somewhat unsung part of the Roller Derby space, and yet essential to the sport. In response, we created a companion post allowing those nominated NSOs to say a bit about themselves – because the problem with being unsung is that people tend to be unaware of what it is you’re doing, and how much you’re doing!

This year, we’re repeating the initiative, but opening it out to all Officials (nominees for the NSO and Referee awards) – collating responses from nominated Officials here.

At present, we have about 50% responses, and we’ll be updating the below post if anyone else responds.

Referee of the year

Igor Maniac

Igor Maniac

Croydon Roller Derby / Southern Discomfort Roller Derby

7 years
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The Big O was a fantastic event. Locally, I really enjoyed EuroClash

50 Words about your year: 

I have travelled a lot over the past year to help promote the level of officiating in Europe. I still mentor a number of officials and love helping out wherever possible. Having reached 640 games this year my hope is that, in those games, I have managed to continue to help build the knowledge and confidence of both skaters and officials throughout Europe and abroad.

Duncan Disorderly

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Funk As Puck

 Funk as Puck
Independent (Portsmouth) 4.5 years (3.5 on skates)
Favourite Event: Road to Manchester
50 Words about your year: Travelling to new places to meet new leagues, and helping less-experienced refs develop their respective skills.

Seb

 Seb (Lille)
Lille Roller Girls (France) 5 years
Favourite Event: Eastbourne Extreme
50 Words about your year: Is “I tried to give my best” a reasonable answer ?

Otherwise, I constantly enjoyed derby, I did my best to grasp the new rules. I’ve taken time to review some footages, ask questions, answered a few ones; and I also did mistakes.

Big Smack & Fries (Newcastle Roller Girls)

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Newcastle Roller Girls, Tyne & Fear Roller Derby 7 years
Favourite Event: Not to sound like an absolute twat, but Malmö playoffs was an amazing experience
50 Words about your year: A lot of jammer reffing

KTea

 Ktea

Croydon Roller Derby/ Southern Discomfort Roller Derby

4 years
Favourite Event:  That’s a really tough question, The Big O and C.A.T are my joint favorite
50 Words about your year: I have been travelling all over for Roller Derby, anywhere in the UK, France multiple times, USA and Belgium, my games have included WFTDA, MRDA and JRDA. And with this travelling and meeting some great officials, I have shared my knowledge of the rules and learnt so much.

Mags Payne (Newcastle Roller Girls)

 Mags
Newcastle Roller Girls 5 years
Favourite Event: Oooh either Louisey Rider Cup (super fun) or MEQ (super high level and scary)
50 Words about your year: 

Changing league, focussing on reffing men’s derby, pestering Power of Scotland, Head Reffing a lot, HRing Scotland’s FIRST SANCTIONED MRDA GAME.

Righteous Oxide (Dundee Roller Girls)

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Glen Moreangry

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Jens Hötger

Jens Hötger
RuhrPott Roller Derby 5 years (coaching), full time officiating 1 year
Favourite Event:  The first ever WFTDA D1-Playoffs in Europe, a dream coming true for me and the community.
50 Words about your year: I was honoured to coach at the WFTDA Clinic in Manchester and help give knowledge to other officials. Worked my first full tournament season and made it to WFTDA-Playoffs. Started to NSO to widen my horizon and become a better official overall.

Belinda Fitzgerald

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Lee Gent (Big Whoop!)

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Nottingham Hellfire Harlots 1.5 years
Favourite Event: Louisey Rider Cup 2017
50 Words about your year: Training! I’m a relative rookie with a long way to go so I tried to get to every scrim, game and fun tournament I possibly could to build up skating and refereeing skills. Was lucky enough to get to put it into practice for BritChamps T3W, LRC and my home league this year.

Wonder Zebra

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NSO of the year

Blind Io

Blind Io
Independant (Edinburgh) Almost 4 years :O
Favourite Event: It’s either FINvitational or Malmö Playoffs. Both with astounding derby, crowds, hosting 🙂
50 Words about your year:  Less local, more travel. This was my first year of Crew Heading and Tournament Heading also!

X Ray Ted

 XRayTed
Rainy City Roller Derby 3.5 years (ish)
Favourite Event: ️ MCR fundraiser.
50 Words about your year: Working with British Champs as a divisional head, broadening my horizons with some European tournaments and generally just learning everything I can from the amazing bunch of officials I’ve worked with this year at home and away.

Iceman (Gothenburg)

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Gothenburg Roller Derby almost 4 years
Favourite Event: Well, the final game of WFTDA Champs is a no-brainer here. A experience I will never forget. Playoffs in Malmö and Dallas also was a blast. FINvitational was excellent. The Big O, Skate im Ring, Swedish Champs. It’s hard to pick!
50 Words about your year: Travelling. Reaching a lot of my goals. CHNSO at The Big O, CHNSO at Malmö Playoffs and of course, getting to do WFTDA Champs and being on the crew for the final game. Did I mention travelling?

Somali Clarke

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Yoshi

 Yoshi
Suffolk Roller Derby 8 years
Favourite Event: It’s usually Eastbourne Extreme but I wasn’t able to make it this year.  West Track Story 5 was incredible, and so well organized.
50 Words about your year:  Tattoo Freeze, Wintourope, a few boot camps, some Brit Champs, West Track Story 5, Road to Manchester, some Sevens, and some home Suffolk & Cambridge bouts.  (plus anywhere the masks of my face turned up)

Abi ‘Bomb Weasley’ Smith

Bomb Weasley
Independent (Portsmouth) 4 years
Favourite Event: MEQ
50 Words about your year: Apart from trying not to die of septic shock mid-season (true story); DHNSO for Tier 1 Mens, MEQ, EE, MRDA Champs, British Champs, THNSO for Team Wales’ Road to Manchester and a smattering of games across Wales and the South Coast.

Resting Bexface

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Jurassic Snark

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Bee ‘Badger’ Tait

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Amy ‘Halo’ Jones

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UKRDA Independent / Oxford Wheels of Gory 4 years
Favourite Event: The MRDA championships in Wales (AKA ManChamps). It really pushed me to my limits, but was excellent derby to officiate and such awesome crews to work with. Proper officials bonding times.  
50 Words about your year: Getting into European events, working more tournaments, passing on my (limited) knowledge and trying to work outside of my comfort zone.

Dor Iain Grey

Dor-Iain Grey
Bath Roller Derby Girls 3 years
Favourite Event: C.A.T – Creatures of the Abyss Tournament
50 Words about your year: This year I’ve been NSOing (and refereeing and GTOing) all over the place – visiting Belgium, France, Denmark, Sweden, and Italy, as well as travelling the UK from Cornwall to Newcastle. Looking forward to more big things coming up in 2018!

Sara Tonin

Sara_Tonin
Rainy City Roller Derby 3 years (almost)
Favourite Event: MRDA Champs
50 Words about your year: I’ve just finished my 2nd and final year as THNSO of men’s Brit Champs, have worked a variety of tournaments across Europe, mainly on stats crews, and was incredibly lucky to work as THNSO of the 1st non-North American hosted MRDA Championships.

Dr Stevel

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Purple Pain

HNSO 714 Purple Pain
Spa Town Roller Derby 3 years (in March)
Favourite Event: This is hard!! Europe – Stronger Things, Lille, because it was my first time officiating Juniors roller derby and there was a half time Cheerleading performance! If in the UK only, probably Last Action Heroes? My 100th game and birthday weekend combination! However LRC and Road to Manchester – both after parties were AWESOME!! Officials totally won those after parties
50 Words about your year:  TRAVELLING FOR ALL THE DERBY!! 123 games this year alone (so far) includes 34 British Champs Games, 6 tournaments / game days involving international World Cup teams; 5 European tours; 5 fun tournaments / games and 2 junior games!!

Frankie Jaxxs

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Barney Trubble

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Jo ‘Tinks’ Hawalewicz

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Alex Wells

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Miss Fury

Miss Fury: Pic by NSP189
Dublin Roller Derby 4 years (sporadically for 3)
Favourite Event: Tie between EuroClash as it was my first major tournament and French Champs as there was a great social side, and I NSOed my 100th game there.
50 Words about your year: I decided to give officiating a proper go this year so applied to lots of tournaments. It has been a great experience as I feel like I learned a lot about NSOing and got to meet some lovely people along the way.
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