Motion S5M-19487: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 18/10/2019

Derek Allen Receives STO Award

That the Parliament congratulates Derek Allen from Orkney on being chosen to receive the Swimming Technical Official (STO) award for the North of Scotland at Scottish Swimming’s annual STO conference; understands that Derek began as a timekeeper in 2000 and progressed through the officiating ranks to qualify as a referee in 2011, allowing him to officiate home events for Orkney Amateur Swimming Club and perform other technical roles at district, national and international events; recognises that Derek has been involved with officiating at the 2005 and 2019 Island Games and was part of the management team at the LEN European Championships in 2018; further recognises that Derek has trained and mentored over 50 local timekeepers and 20 judges over the years, passing on his knowledge and experience to others as he continues to promote and develop swimming in Orkney; thanks him for his many years of expert service to officiating in swimming; recognises his incredible dedication and hard work, and wishes him the very best for his continued efforts both locally and beyond.

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