Referees News 2011
In attendance - Dale Gamble, Billy Brennan, Steve Coupland and Tony Dent
Day 1 - No transport issues, arrived on Thursday afternoon as planned! Tony Dent resat his Kata theory exam and passed, this means he retains his qualification for a further two years, well done Tony. With immediate effect the licence held by officials is valid for four years but all officials must take and pass a theory exam every two years and attend one European or World Championships per year
Billy Brennan attended a match area controllers meeting prior to his new role as assistant Tatami Chief. The referees briefing was later that evening and there were no changes to the rules. We were advised that from 2012 medal finals will all be on one day, it was unclear if this will be on an additional day or just incorporated into the championship. We were informed that there are 64 European Karate Referees and 6 of these are from England which is almost ten percent, we were given our Tatami's for the next three days.
Day 2 - Day one of the Championships - Kumite - Steve Coupland judged on a bronze final and I refereed a semi final and judged on a bronze final. Kata - Steve and myself all judged on a bronze final, myself and Steve were selected for the Kata finals, Steve did the ladies final and I did the mens final which included Luca Valdesi from Italy who won.
Day 3 - Day two of the Championships - Kata - I was number one judge on the ladies team bronze final. Kumite - Steve judged two bronze finals, I refereed a womens semi final, judged on two bronze finals and was judge number one on the mens -60kg final.
Day 4 - Day three of the Championship - This was kumite team events day and was for referees only, Steve refereed his first match in Europe and did well, I had a lot of challenging matches which included the mens team second round which was Azerbaijan v Turkey! I refereed the fourth fighters one of which was Aghayev from Azerbaijan who is the current World Champion, it was a good fight resulting in Azerbaijan winning. In the third round of the mens teams I refereed the fourth fighters again, this was France v Azerbaijan and France won, later in the day the ladies bronze final resulted in a draw on wins and points so a fourth fight had to take place which I refereed which went to sai shiai, the Netherlands fighter scored with 10 seconds to go resulting in them winning.
Overall we were all kept busy, Billy had a busy Championship running his areas and personally I had a really good Championship.