This week, the European Lacrosse Championships are beginning in Hungary. Our own Chairman Andy Higginbottom is refereeing over there. A few weeks ago (as a referee, he's under a strict media embargo!), we caught up with him for a chat....
So, Andy, the tables are turned, time for the avid readers to find out a little about you.
How did your lacrosse journey begin?
I began my journey at age 19 at university in Loughborough. At the time I started lacrosse was the only mixed club with a higher proportion of girls than guys...it seemed like a logical choice.
You're involved in a number of sporting endeavours, what keeps you going?
Escapism. Where real life can be complex and hugely stressful over an extended period. Sport is simple, and over in an afternoon. Which is why I gave up on cricket.
Some would describe you as "the beating heart" of NuTLax, tell us about the roles you've been involved in.
Haha, I don't know about that, maybe the asthmatic wheezing lung....initially I was the treasurer, then secretary, and now chairman. Along the way I've also been something approaching head coach, and occasionally captain, referee coordinator, Yorkshire county and league liaison. Not too much.
So on the refereeing front, what did achieving Level 3 involve?
To be honest. Level 3 is pretty straight forward once you show that you're willing to go forwards, and show a hint of aptitude. level 3 consists of a number of assessments, to international standard, where you need an 80% score to pass.
And with that qualification, I understand you've got big things in the pipeline?
Yeah...so this time last year a call came out for applications from referees to officiate at the world u19s and European champs both of which are happening this summer. As a bit of a blogger I threw my hat into the ring and started the process. After a few assessments, I got the email saying that I'd been selected subject to passing my international rules exam, which I did this past weekend.
What do you think will be the best thing about your trip?
It's going be to be a great tournament to be part of, the biggest European champs to date. I'm going to be working with some top class referees from all over Europe is another great thing. Also, did I mention it's 30p a pint over there?
we’ll finish up with some quick(ish) fire questions:
What’s your weapon of choice at the minute?
Other than my fox 40 finger grip whistle? Stx superpower on a warrior krypto pro
Your best lacrosse memory?
Where to start? Robin Webb's double over time winner in the minor plate final at blues 2010? Winning the league undefeated in 2013?
Any nicknames we should be aware of?
Sour was/is my lacrosse nickname, obviously the counterpoint to my buddy who became known as Sweet. But mostly these days I'm Higg
Pre-game meal or rituals?
Chicken mayo sandwhich and a lot of water
Favourite Stevie Wonder song?
I wish, as sampled by will smith on Wild Wild West
Second favourite lacrosse related website (after nutlax.com obviously!)?
Probably insidelacrosse.com from there you an find whatever you're after.
Favourite 2 colours?
Silver and black.
We're looking forward to hearing more from Andy after the tournament is complete. You can see the games by heading to http://www.laxsportsnetwork.com/euros
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