Morgan Couture accepting her award with a big smile.

Young hockey referee wins award

A local young hockey referee wins a most prestigious award.

On May 24, 2015, Morgan Couture was awarded the “Most Deserving Official of the Year.” The young lady is a member of the SHMA and received the award at the VIAHA AGM held in Nanaimo.

On the morning of the award ceremony, Morgan admitted she was a little bit nervous.

“When I received the invitation to attend the AGM of VIAHA, I was very surprised! I didn’t really realize how important this was until I went to the meeting,” she said. “Once there, I realized it was for all the Island, from the north to the south, and then I got really nervous.”

After she got her award, Morgan said that it would be great to get invited to ref in a girls provincial tournament, or something a bit bigger then the play off this year.

On her second year of refereeing, Mike Justason, referee in chief of the Sooke Association, noted that Morgan deserved that recognition he and put her nomination through the association.

Couture is a young player whose hockey experience dates back to when she was just eight years old.

For the past couple years she chose to play with the boys and just finished her second year with the Bantam boys division. Two years ago, Morgan decided to join her dad in the referee team to be able to contribute to the game on a different level. It is something she enjoys and wants to get better at it as well.

“I will work even harder next season as a ref and has a player as well,” she said, adding she believes that being a great hockey player helps to be a great referee is well,” Morgan said.

 

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