GB umpire to whistle Olympic final

Ged Curran, Olympic umpire at London 2012

Congratulations to Ged Curran, who will take charge of this evening’s Olympic men’s final at the Riverbank Arena.

Scotsman Ged is officiating in his first Olympic Games, having umpired at some of the world’s biggest tournaments. Since first becoming an FIH International Umpire in 1996, Ged has umpired over 100 senior international matches, including four Champions Trophy tournaments, encompassing the 2009 and 2010 Finals, and the final of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He was reserve umpire for the final of the 2010 Men’s World Cup and whistled the finals of both Champions Challenge 1 and 2 in 2011. An umpire both outdoors and indoors, Ged first officiated at an indoor club tournament in his home town of Dundee in 1992 when a shortage of umpires saw him offer to help out. As a player, he began as a 12-year-old before playing for Lawside FP and Dundee Wanderers. He is Principal teacher of Physical Education at St John’s Roman Catholic High School in Dundee.

Ged’s appointment to the final alongside David Gentles of Australia means that there has been a British umpire in charge of every major international men’s final since 2010. 

Those appointments were:
World Cup 2010 – Andy Mair
Indoor World Cup 2011 – Ged Curran
Euro Nations 2011 – Andy Mair
Commonwealth Games 2010 – Nathan Stagno
Champions Trophy 2011 – Hamish Jamson
Olympic Games 2012 – Ged Curran

Congratulations too to Britain’s Hamish Jamson, who has been appointed as the reserve umpire for the match.

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