Sports Officials Canada
National Officials Day
April 17, 2013
Ontario Sailing Wishes To Thank ALL Their Officials
It’s official!  Sports Officials Canada is pleased to announce the designation of April 17, 2013 as National Officials Day in Canada.  The theme for this inaugural event is “Respect the Official”.  The aim is to increase the awareness of the importance of officiating to sport and to promote the respect of officials.
We here at Ontario Sailing wish to publically thank all the men and women who officiate the sport of Sailing.  Please know that we recognize and greatly appreciate your efforts and the tremendous impact that you have.  We very much appreciate that officiating is a volunteer activity for the most part and we join Sports Officials Canada in recoginizing your dedication and passion to the sport that you love.  It is your dedication and passion for what you do that makes you such an integral part of our sport system.
The estimated number of technical officials in Canada who come under the jurisdiction of the National Sports Organizations technical officiating programs is 250,000, of which 150,000 are registered. These are in addition to the other 650,000 Canadians who perform some sort of officiating duty each year.
Additionally, it is not just here at home that they contribute to sport.  Canada has long been viewed as a world leader in the field of officiating.  Evidence of this is the fact that 144 Canadian technical officials were selected by the various international bodies to officiate at the Beijing, Vancouver and London Olympics and the hundreds of Canadians who referee and judge at World Championships and World Cups each year.
Sports officials are the “keepers of the game”.  It is their role to ensure fair play and safety for all participants.  For the majority, it is a volunteer activity – they give up their evenings and weekends to do something that they love.
“We want to deliver the message to everyone in sport that disrespecting a sports official is never acceptable nor should it ever be considered “part of the game”, said Denise Pittuck, SOC Executive Director.
To find out more about National Officials’ Day, please visit the Sports Officials Canada website at
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 at or contact them at