Former Australian referee Rick Borg said he was honoured to have a medal recognising the top referee at the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League named after him.
The inaugural medal will be presented to the number one whistle-holder of the tournament at the conclusion of the Elite Eight men’s opens final tomorrow.
In the past, only the leading female and male referees were recognised.
This year, however, Touch Football Australia have included the Rick Borg medal as well.
“I want to thank TFA and the TFA board for giving me this recognition. I’m just really stoked and humbled and honoured to have this award,” Borg said.
The Queenslander began refereeing in 1989. He was Australia’s number one man in the middle from 1993 until his retirement in 2004.
These days he is on the referee’s coaching panel and oversees the next generation of whistle blowers.
He said returning to Coffs Harbour was special for him.
“Being at Coffs Harbour on this field [field one] is where I retired so it has brought back memories and it is so great to be back here again.”
He has many career highlights but there are a few that stand out.
“Probably refereeing the Trans-Tasman Test Series. It is probably the ultimate goal in touch football,” he said.
“I’ve been to four World Cups but there is nothing better than refereeing Australia and New Zealand.
“And probably the inaugural State of Origin Series where that all-in brawl happened. That was a bit of an eye-opener.”