The match between Germany and Austria was a milestone for Deon Nel as he umpired his 100th international senior match.
100 matches of international senior hockey - Deon Nel receives Golden Whistle
The match between Germany and Austria was a milestone for Deon Nel as he umpired his 100th international senior match. The South African becomes the 35th male umpire and the second South African after John Wright to receive the Golden Whistle.
“This is an incredible journey and I love it to meet friends from all over the world,” Nel says.
The Golden Whistle was presented by Willard P. Harris in his role as FIH Representative at the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires. On Thursday, Nel officiated along with Kim Hong Lae. The Korean is also member of the Golden Whistle team reaching the status in 2012.
Nel is the 1473rd international outdoor umpire in FIH history. He started his international career on 2 June 2000, reached Grade 1 stage on 14 October 2002 and was promoted to a World Panel Umpire on 1 July 2013. To date, he has umpired 104 international matches (100 Senior & 4 Junior).
The South African participated in three Champions Trophy tournaments so far, Mönchengladbach (GER) 2010, Melbourne (AUS) 2012 and Bhubaneswar (IND) 2014. He was also appointed to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague as Video Umpire.
To see a list of all male and female umpires having reached Golden Whistle status, please click here http://www.fih.ch/inside-fih/fih-officials-appointments/golden-whistle/