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24 October 2013 | Tennis NSW

NSW’s John Blom has been nominated for NSW Sports Federation Official of the Year, it was announced this week.

The awards showcase talented individuals working in sport from athletes and coaches to teams, organisations and events. A selection panel oversaw the nominations, with criteria including achievements at the international, national and regional level.

Recognised for his hard work and consistency, Blom was appointed the Australian Open Men’s Singles Final Chair Umpire in January. John was the first Australian since 2004 to Chair a Men’s Singles Final.

“John’s story represents how officiating can become a full-time career”.

“By starting out at the local level, there really are a number of opportunities if you have the passion and dedication” explained Tennis Australia’s Officiating Development Coordinator, Shane Merry.

In December 2012, John joined an elite group of Chair Umpires, awarded a Gold Badge by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). This year he was selected to work at the French Open, Wimbledon, U.S Open and Davis Cup. Locally, Blom has worked during the Australian Pro Tour events and mentored up and coming officials.

Blom joins a prestigious field of nominees which include; David Baggio (Touch),Melanie Cantwell (Dragon Boats) Shane Hayne (Rugby League) and Carol Lane (Gymnastics).

The 2013 NSW Sports Federation Sports Award dinner will be held at Allphones Arena, Thursday 28 November.

For more information about how you can become involved in officiating please contact Tennis Australia’s Officiating Development Coordinator, Shane Merry [email protected]