2 J'can officials for PanAm Youth Hockey Champs
BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMAICA will have two officials taking part in the 2014 PanAmerican Youth Hockey Championship for men to be staged in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Tuesday through to Saturday.
Richard Shaw, a director of the Jamaica Hockey Federation (JHF), will be a judge at the five-day-long competition, while the more youthful Duvaughn Henlon will feature in the capacity of an umpire.
The two were scheduled to leave the island early this morning.
"Personally, for me, it's a tremendous achievement . For the past two years this is going to be my third appointment and I'm looking forward to learning new stuff and going even further," Shaw told the Jamaica Observer.
The Championship is the Americas Qualifiers for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Shaw, whose portfolio covers overseeing the facilities at the hockey turf in Mona, St Andrew, said Henlon's appointment is just as significant.
"Part of the mandate was for us to develop young umpires who could serve not just the national association, but [also] the international association for 20 strong years to come.
"Mr Henlon has also been appointed to the Youth Olympic Games, which is an appointment that speaks for itself. He must have been doing some things right in previous tournaments he officiated in," Shaw explained.
The local federation has been focusing on the technical aspect of hockey as an ideal track on which to boost the sport in the island.
Shaw said that rewarding careers can be found in officiating.
"There is a side to officiating. A lot of young players tend to want to continue playing but careers can be made out of officiating. It is an avenue that can be lucrative.
"For years we have been lacking in the technical aspect of our game and this is a stepping stone in trying to change that.
"We have had seminars, both umpiring and technical seminars, being conducted by the Pan American Hockey Federation over the past two years and the aim is to get persons involved in the technical aspect of the game up to the international level," said the JHF director.
The tournament will include Mexico, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Guatemala, Panama and Puerto Rico.