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Victorian Official of the Year presented by Three's a Crowd

The winner of 2015 Official of the Year has been awarded to Thomas Sweeney from Tennis.  Thomas had a remarkable 2015, umpiring numerous major events and tournaments across the globe. Tom_Sweeney_crop               Highlights from 2015 include:
  • Australian Open Final – Women’s Doubles Chair Umpire
  • Selection to 2016 Rio Olympics, the only tennis official representing Victoria
  • One of only two Australians (and only Victorian) to chair umpire at all four grand slams in 2015 (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open)
  • Davis Cup ties in New Zealand and the Dominican Republic
  • Fed Cup ties in Argentina
  • WTA Hobart International Final – Women’s Singles Chair Umpire
  • ATP 1000 Shanghai Masters Chair Umpire
  • Member of the International Tennis Federation Development Group of Chair Umpires (only five people worldwide, only member residing outside of Europe)
  • National Officiating School 2015 scholarship holder at the Australian Sports Commission
Thomas started his career at 16 years of age when the Australian Pro Tour came to his hometown, Benalla, in north-east Victoria.  By the time Tom had completed Year 12 and moved on to University, he was regularly working as a Line Umpire as his summer job.  Tom then started working at the Australian Open as a Line Umpire, which piqued his interest in becoming a Chair Umpire.  Progressing through Tennis Australia’s Chair Umpire development program, Tom obtained international qualifications from the ITF, passing his White Badge school in Melbourne in 2008 and going on to obtain his Bronze Badge in New Delhi, India, in 2010.  He was promoted to a Silver Badge Chair Umpire in 2013, placing him amongst the top 74 Chair Umpires in the world.  (Tennis Australia) See Sweeney accept his award below:

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