Saturday, 5th December 2015
Hockey umpire Stagno takes prestigious ‘Golden Whistle’
by Mark Viales
Nathan Stagno made history for Gibraltar hockey this week as the first Gibraltarian to receive the ‘Golden Whistle’ in recognition of umpiring 100 senior international matches.
Leandro Negre, International Hockey Federation President, presented the award to Mr Stagno at the Hero Hockey World League quarter-final match between Australia and Germany in Raipur, India.
Mr Stagno was glowing with pride as both teams lined up to applaud the Gibraltarian along with six thousands hockey fans who attended the 4-1 win to Australia.
“For me, it is amazing,” said Mr Stagno after his presentation. “To come from a small country like Gibraltar, where there are only around 200 people who play hockey, you can imagine how happy I feel to have been given the opportunity to umpire at this level and to get the Golden Whistle.”
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