Referees, Elizabeth Pollock and Dean Turner, have been awarded Australian Volleyball Life Memberships in recognition of their years of outstanding service to the sport of volleyball.
Liz has been a member of the Australian officiating cohort for over 28 years. She was one of the key drivers involved in the restructure of the Volleyball Australia Referee Committee.
In 2000 she was endorsed as an international referee for Australia, while in 2004-2005, Liz was named the Volleyball Australia Referee of the Year. In 2015, Volleyball Victoria awarded Liz life membership.
While Liz is highly respected in the officiating community, she has also been involved in many other areas of the sport, as a player, coach and board member of Volleyball Victoria.
Dean Turner OAM, started his involvement with volleyball in the 1970s in Tasmania before relocating to Canberra. Dean achieved recognition as a national level referee in 1980.
He became an International referee in 1993 and was the first Australian to achieve the status of FIVB referee.
Dean was the first Australian volleyball referee to be invited to officiate at an Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, and was also appointed as a referee for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Dean has officiated at events such as World Grand Prix, World Cup, and World Championships at both the senior and junior levels.
He retired from international officiating career in 2005 but continues to make a valuable contribution to the sport in the development of officials in the Oceania zone and the Asian Volleyball Confederation.
Dean has also been a volunteer in the ACT Volleyball community since 1989 where he is actively involved in supporting and mentoring referees, as well as coaching school, club and state teams, and administration at a club association level.