Canada Boasts Second Gold Badge Referee
January 19, 2009
Tennis Canada would like to congratulate William Coffey, manager of officiating development, who was recently awarded Gold Badge status from the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Coffey now joins Tony Cho, Rogers Cup referee, as the only Gold Badge referees in the country.
After reviewing his work rate and performance, it was decided by a group of WTA, ATP and ITF representatives at the annual re-certification meeting that Coffey’s status should be elevated.
The Gold Badge is the highest officiating position given to referees by the ITF with approximately only 50 such individuals in the world.
Coffey is a valued member of Tennis Canada’s officiating development program. He is an integral contributor to recruiting and training new officials all around the country and is dedicated to growing the sport and improving the overall level of Canada’s officials to meet international standards.
“This is an extremely important and prestigious achievement which allows William to officiate at the world’s most premiere events,” said Hatem McDadi, vice-president, tennis development, Tennis Canada. “We are thrilled to have yet another Canadian representative held in such high-esteem on the international stage and we are pleased that the ITF has recognized the significant impact that William has made in the world of tennis officiating. William’s work is exceptional and this designation is well-deserved.”