The 2014 Rugby Ontario Referee Focus Group had their kick-off camp this past weekend in Markham, Ont.
The Focus Group consists of 12 promising referees, who are ready to continue their development as match officials. The Focus Group’s objective is to take these eager referees and provide them with training and development resources, which they can use to grow as referees.
The Focus Group’s first weekend together saw the group members attend various workshops, which will set down a good foundation for growth and development in each individual. The Focus Group is led by Andrew McMaster and Greg Williams. Over the weekend, the group had special presentations held by former Welsh international Lisa Newton, and current Markham Irish head coach Rodin Lozada.
The Focus Group members and leaders will meet four more times this year. They will be attending: the National Capital Youth Rugby Festival in Ottawa, Ont., the Ontario Summer Games in Windsor, Ont., the Rugby Ontario Jr. Cup in Markham, Ont., and the men’s leg of the University Sevens Tournament in Kingston, Ont.
Focus Group Members:
Michael Hargrave (Maxwell, Ont.)
Khalil Bheriani (Aurora, Ont.)
Sam Jones (Erin, Ont.)
Susan Heald (Burlington, Ont.)
Ben Stinson (Kingston, Ont.)
Mario Shelton (Toronto, Ont.)
Dale Hall (Niagara Falls, Ont.)
Nathan Sayers (Toronto, Ont.)
Marnus Coetsee (Stoufville, Ont.)
Dylon Hart (Mississauga, Ont.)
Becky Murray (Sunderland, Ont.)
By Dale Hall
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Article can also be found on the Rugby Ontario website.