Com­mon­wealth Games goal

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cromwell squash stal­wart Jackie Hamil­ton is on a Com­mon­wealth Games jour­ney - and she has it in her sights.

Hamil­ton has achieved a lot of firsts for women in the ref­eree world, and most re­cently she achieved an Ocea­nia re­gional ref­eree sta­tus and Squash New Zealand awarded her the 2016 Derek Cook Memo­rial Tro­phy for her ser­vices to the sport.

‘‘I have been grad­u­ally work- ing through var­i­ous lev­els and at each level the stan­dard of the play­ers gets bet­ter and bet­ter...I am the only fe­male in the Ocea­nia re­gion to have re­gional sta­tus.’’

She re­ceived a Prime Min­is­ter’s schol­ar­ship fund­ing through High Per­for­mance Sport NZ to at­tend tour­na­ments around New Zealand and Aus­tralia and to achieve as­sess­ments so she could gain her re­gional sta­tus. With her Ocea­nia sta­tus, she was el­i­gi­ble to ref­eree at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia in 2018, she said.

‘‘Since I be­came a ref­eree I had the Com­mon­wealth Games in my sights...it is the ul­ti­mate pin­na­cle.’’

She was the first fe­male ref­eree to be the cen­tre ref­eree on a Pro­fes­sional Squash As­so­ci­a­tion men’s 10K fi­nal, ref­er­ee­ing the Christchurch PSA fi­nal. She also was the cen­tre ref­eree at the New Zealand se­nior na­tion­als men’s open fi­nal - the first time this has ever hap­pened in New Zealand squash.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Cromwell-based squash ref­eree Jackie Hamil­ton has the Com­mon­wealth Games in her sights.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.