Caitlyn Sandluck poses with her Hockey Nova Scotia Female Officiating Distinction Award prior to a game Sunday afternoon at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Sandluck was recognized over the weekend with the award, which is meant for a promising upcoming official.
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Someday Caitlyn Sandluck would like to be an official at a national event.
There is no specific one right now, but she has that goal in mind and hopes to see it through.
She’s definitely on the right track as Hockey Nova Scotia recognized her as one of their officials with significant promise with the Officiating Distinction Award over the weekend.
“I was shocked because I thought I was too young to do some of the leagues I’ve done this year or to win something like this,” said the 17-year-old about finding out about the award. “It’s an honour to get this award and I’m excited to continue pursuing a career as an official.”
Sandluck got her start as official when she was in her second year of bantam hockey. She was playing house league with the Thorburn Golden Hawks and was looking for something else to do.
Once she started to go through the steps of becoming an official she enjoyed it and three years later is glad she initially decided to try it out.
She still plays the game and was a member of the NNEC girls hockey team this year, although after she graduates she expects her focus will shift to more officiating.
“I had the opportunity to play midget this year, but chose not to and ended up working a lot of midget games this year,” said Sandluck. “I really love doing this.”
A highlight for her this season was being one of the linesmen for the U-15 girls Atlantic Challenge Cup final. She said it was a great experience and hopes to have similar opportunities in the future.