A DEDICATED referee – who played a key role at the London 2012 Olympics – has landed a prestigious National Sports Award.
Brian McDougall, from East Kilbride, has been named the sportscotland Technical Official of the Year in recognition of his tireless work as an international volleyball referee.
The 51-year-old works as a volunteer for the Scottish Volleyball Association, appointing referees to the national league, but has also officiated at the highest level international competitions.
The sportscotland Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards provide the opportunity to thank coaches, officials, and volunteers for their dedication and recognise their achievements.
Fiona Wernham, Head of Coaching and Volunteering at sportscotland, said:
“We are delighted to have awarded Brian with the sportscotland Technical Official of the Year Award, he is a very deserving recipient.
“It is down to the dedication and commitment of people like Brian that young people are encouraged to be the best they can be in their chosen sport.
“The work that Brian puts into volleyball, through officiating at the highest level and developing others at a local level, is amazing and we congratulate him on this award.”
On winning the award, Brian said: “I was absolutely delighted to win the sportscotland award especially since volleyball is not the highest profile of sports, so for the sport to be recognised in this way is great.
“In the last few years I’ve been very fortunate to be involved in a number of high-profile events, with the Olympics being a real highlight. To be exposed to that level of competition is fantastic and allows me to see the best players in the world.”
Having previously refereed in the European Champions League, Brian fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he was picked to be part of the London 2012 Olympics. During the Games he refereed seven matches, including the women’s semi-final.
As a result of this success, Brian was selected to referee in the World League, where he took charge of Korea versus Japan earlier this year.
In addition to refereeing at the highest level, Brian also assists at East Kilbride METS Volleyball Club where he helps to train and develop others to become referees.
Brian, who has been refereeing for 28 years, added: “Since starting playing at school I’ve always wanted to stay involved in the sport, so to have had the opportunity to progress as a referee, as well as helping others to develop, has been wonderful.”
Brian received a commemorative trophy, certificate, and cheque for £300 towards his development to recognise his achievement.
More information on the awards and the winners can be found at www.sportscotland.org.uk/covawards.