Blazing A Trail On The Water At The Olympics

Blazing A Trail On The Water At The Olympics

Shelley Taylor-Smith was the first female referee in the Olympic marathon swim. She was on the dock during the men’s 10km race in the Serpentine.

Despite the pressure of the world’s greatest sporting spectacle, everything went smoothly. “There were just 5 yellow cards (warning) and no red (disqualification) cards given. During the men’s race, I blew the whistle when the pack was bunching up.

I alerted [the other] ref of a potential impediment of other swimmers when they moved from the back of the pack to the front. It was a very clean race.

As the sport grows globally, there will be significantly more races and need for an increasing number of experienced officials. And Taylor-Smith knows that presents opportunities. “I was more excited about the opportunity [to officiate at the Olympics], knowing it was a significant day for women in sport around the glob. Not so much for today, but for the women in the future who will follow in my footsteps.”

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Steven Munatones