Twamley named ref of the year

Ballenas student awarded the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association’s Official of the Year award for 2012-2013.

Oceanside’s Shayna Twamley was recently honoured as the top ref on Vancouver Island.

You can add another award to an already long list for Oceanside’s hardest working female puckster, Shayna Twamley.

Twamley was recently recognized in Nanaimo when she was awarded the Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association’s Official of the Year award for 2012-2013.

Asked how it feels to have one of their own voted the top official on Vancouver Island, Oceanside Minor Hockey’s referee in chief Chris Herr  was quick to make the point “OMHA (and especially me), are extremely proud of Shayna and all the hard work she has done for us.”

Twamley, 17 and an honour roll student at Ballenas Secondary School, is well known in these parts and on the Island for her love of hockey and skill set, both as a defenceman when she’s playing, and as a ref when she’s officiating.

Jamie Scriver, Female Official Coordinator for Vancouver Island, has worked with Shayna for some four seasons now and says “she’s a hardworking young lady that’s eager to learn and possess great leadership skills.

“She’s a lot of fun and I don’t think they could have picked anyone better (to receive the award),” she said.

Contacted in Kamloops, Willy Saari, Female Referee Development Coordinator for BC Hockey confirmed “she’s a great official. She’s a hard working female official with great potential.”

For those following along at home, just over 400 of the 4,500 certified officials in this province are females.