USQ is pleased to announce its January 2015 Ref of the Month is Amanda 'Turtles' Nagy.
Amanda ‘Turtles’ Nagy has been officially recognized as the US Quidditch January 2015 Referee of the Month.
Nagy was first certified in Jan. 2014, and is a veteran West Coast quidditch player. She currently plays for the Arizona Quidditch Club, with past positions on the Lost Boys and San Diego Devil Snares.
Former teammate Dan Hanson remembers that Nagy showed an interest in reffing early on.
“She worked on making tough calls throughout practices and she has become one of the most improved refs in the league,” he said.
Nagy was one of the hardest-working refs in the league in Jan. 2015. She refereed several games at the L.A. Open on Jan. 17-18, including the intense overtime matchup between University of California Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Blacktips. She was also crucial at the Arizona Championship Showcase, when she served as a referee when she was not playing.
“I would like to thank the USQ for showing recognition to the referee community,” Nagy said. “I am very humbled to receive this award only after head reffing for one year. My goal is always to become a great head referee enough that people want me to ref their games with no fear of calls being missed or judged incorrectly. Thank you, Dan Hanson, for personally helping me grow as a referee and always answering questions I have in a timely manner. I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who volunteers to help make the tournaments happen. Without you, I would probably not be playing quidditch or even reffing for that matter.”
As a player-referee, Amanda sacrifices a great deal of her time at tournaments in order to be crucial to their success and instills a mentality in her team to respect their referees. USQ congratulates Nagy on her hard work and budding reputation not just as a great player but experienced official as well.
USQ did not award a December Referee of the Month due to a national lack of official events, and will instead have two individuals selected for the February Referee of the Month. Each USQ Referee of the Month will compete for the Referee of the Year travel award.