Hockey Manitoba is pleased to announce that Katie Gullett from Wawanesa has been chosen to officiate at the National Women’s Under 18 Championship to be held in Salmon Arm, BC – January 26th – 30th. Katie will be participating in a high-level development camp that is being run in conjunction with this even and then officiate in the tournament as a linesman.
Katie was recognised as a referee with potential at the Western Shield 2004 held in Dauphin. Her strong performance and positive approach to the game afforded her the opportunity to be placed on the Hockey Canada National Program Chart by the Supervisors assisting with the Tournament.
Katie came from a strong hockey family and anxiously waited to turn 13 so that she could start officiating. In 1998 she began and has been going ever since. Although she only played a few games of pick-up hockey, she learned the game through watching her brother and he Dad for many years. Katie states, “My parents are very supportive of my officiating career.”
Katie was born and raised in Wawanesa, a small rural town in southwest Manitoba. It is a real hockey town and she came up through their referee program, working with the senior officials and developing her skills and work ethic. She has lined Senior hockey, AAA Midget, High School, etc. and hope to increase the number and calibre of games in the next few years. Although she has primarily officiated male hockey, she has been fortunate to do many female games in the Program of Excellence, CIAU and when she officiated in the 2004 Western Shield in Dauphin. Katie’s ultimate goal in officiating is to officiate at the 2006 Olympics in Torino and/or 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Currently Katie is living in Brandon, MB and is enrolled in year two of a 4-year Bachelor of Arts Honours degree at Brandon University. Her goal is to become a high school English and history teacher. Katie also referees volleyball and baseball as well as her hockey and she enjoy following her family’s sports throughout the year.