Monthly Awards

Referee of the Month - July 2012 Marvel Shoen - Pacific Northwest Zone

Marvel began her adventure with refereeing in the late 1990's as her playing career was coming to a close. After a rocky start, by her own admission, (and really, none of us like getting yelled at, do we?), her dedication to perfection took over and she became committed to practicing the craft she had become hooked on.

She began working in earnest in 2001 to get as much exposure to the game and learn as much about our sport as she could. She became a true student of the game, and actively sought out every opportunity available to grow. She has attended clinics and tournaments outside of her comfort "zone" and participated in her first National Junior Olympics in 2005. Marvel has since become involved in ODP, among many other National Events, and most recently whistled at the 2012 ODP Regional Championships and the 2012 USA Water Polo Masters National Championships.

Not only has Marvel continued to grow and learn as a referee, but she has given back to the sport ten fold by serving a crucial role in the referee development and education in the Pacific Northwest Zone.

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