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David Bruce has been named 2020 Golden Whistle Referee of the Year

Bruce named 2020 All Flags Referee of the Year

Football West News

Football West is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 All Flags Referee of the Year Awards.

The 2020 Golden Whistle Referee of the Year Award has been won by David Bruce.

This is the second time Bruce has been recognised as Football West’s top official, following his success from four years ago.

Jessica Byrd is the 2020 NPLWA Women’s Referee of the Year. Byrd was previously named Women’s League Referee of the Year in 2018.

The Assistant Referee of the Year Award was taken out by Arvin Shanmuganathan, Stephen Knight, who was nominated for the NPLWA Women’s Referee of the Year Award, is the State League Referee of the Year, while Stewart Beattie is the State League Assistant Referee of the Year.

Other winners include Jamie West (State League Youth Referee of the Year); Albert Muyembe (Amateur League Referee of the Year); Parham Bahrami (Junior League Male Referee of the Year) and Libby Caldwell (Junior League Female Referee of the Year).

The final acknowledgement went to Filip Najdovski, who received the Referee Encouragement Award.

Football West Referee Co-ordinator Simon Hicks said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the 10 All Flags Referee Awards winners and we congratulate them all for their outstanding performances this season.

“The 2020 season has presented unique challenges and opportunities for the entire football community and it is important for us to reflect on the achievements of our match officials at all levels of the game.

“In particular, I would like to congratulate David Bruce on winning the Golden Whistle for the second time and Jessica Byrd for becoming the inaugural winner of the NPLWA Women’s Referee of the Year. Both David and Jessica have been the standout performers in our NPLWA Men’s and NPLWA Women’s competitions respectively and are worthy winners of these awards.”

2020 All flags Referee of the Year Award winners

Golden Whistle Referee of the Year: David Bruce

NPLWA Women’s Referee of the Year: Jessica Byrd

Assistant Referee of the Year: Arvin Shanmuganathan

State League Referee of the Year: Stephen Knight

State League Assistant Referee of the Year: Stewart Beattie

State League Youth Referee of the Year: Jamie West

Amateur League Referee of the Year: Albert Muyembe

Junior League Female Referee of the Year: Libby Caldwell

Junior League Male Referee of the Year: Parham Bahrami

Referee Encouragement Award: Filip Najdovski