MSA Official of the Year 2019
TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR 2019 – NEIL MITCHELL
A huge congratulations to Neil Mitchell for an outstanding year of service to Masters Swimming Australia. Anyone who knows Neil, is aware of his tremendous attitude to life which makes him a terrific and patient mentor to new officials. He always makes time for questions and provides training and evaluation. Since taking on the role of MSV Technical Director, Neil has been instrumental in the increase of officials available to attend meets especially last year.
In 2019, Neil organised the Officials rosters for every swim meet MSV carried out and maintained the electric timing equipment, so it is always ready to use at any MSV event.
Neil represented Masters Officials at the Swim Victoria Officials forum and was asked to facilitate a discussion for their Officials, how to best assist and officiate masters, multi class and special Olympic swimmers. This not only strengthened our relationship with Swimming Victoria (SV) but has seen several SV officials join the MSV roster for state meets.
Neil organised the very first MSV GALA last year, a celebration of MSV swimmers and volunteers to come together in a social environment. With nearly 100 people attending, MSV will be looking at hosting many more in the future and hope Neil will be available to organise another terrific and fun event. Thankyou Neil!