Boxing Scotland are delighted to confirm that Jim Stirling has been appointed as the Chair of the new Boxing Scotland Officials Committee.
The Officials Committee replaces the previous R&J Commission, which has been dissolved, and will now be responsible for leading and driving the new Officials Pathway and future development workstrands.
Hamilton Boxing Club’s Jim Stirling, who already acts as the Chair for the Western District, was appointed following a transparent recruiting process that welcomed a number of applications.
North District President Donald Campbell has also been appointed as Vice Chair, while Leith Victoria’s Dougie Fraser has been named as Secretary and Appointments Officer; the remaining experienced delegates make up the remainder of the committee:
- Kevin Kerr
- George Brown
- Ravi Rai
- Stevie Morrison
- Paul Susans
- Norman Watt
- Arlene McEachran
- Willie Arbuckle
With a clear focus on continued growth and increased members, the Chair and Officials Committee will be responsible to Boxing Scotland CEO Chris Roberts for the management of officials, selection to events, qualifications and the requirement for continuous professional development both domestically and internationally for all officials within Scotland.
Jim Stirling said: “Firstly, I would like to thank Chris Roberts, the Boxing Scotland Board and the other members of the selection group for appointing me as the Chair of the newly formed Officials Committee in what is certainly an exciting time to be involved in the sport.
“Within Scotland we have a really good group of working officials who give up their time for the love of the sport, but we should all take the opportunity that has been presented to us with the new pathway to get better at our chosen discipline whether it is judging, refereeing, technical delegate, etc. A structured approach will help deliver this.
“The committee membership has a very good mix of active referees, judges, technical delegates and administrators who have volunteered for the committee in the belief that they can help to improve the quality of the boxing, which will in turn improve the quality of the boxers.
“This is the common goal which collectively must come above personal, club or regional interests. If we can achieve this the overall winner will be the boxers and Scottish boxing as a whole.
“To this end I would ask that everyone involved in Scottish boxing plays their part by backing the pathway.”
Boxing Scotland CEO, Chris Roberts OBE has expressed his contentment with such a fantastic committee.
Chris added: “We are in a great place with the members of the Officials Committee, I am sure that we will deliver the new and improved pathway, bringing all of our officials together with an informed programme.
“The Officials Pathway is a systematic, all-inclusive officiating programme, that will engage and prepare our volunteers to be successful, so that they can achieve their highest goals in the sport of boxing – both now and into the future.
“Under the leadership of our new Chair, Mr Jim Stirling, I am confident that we will achieve great things for our people and Boxing Scotland”.