Soccer Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Nova Scotia referees Alexa MacLatchy, Scot Decker, Travis Lefebvre and Marie-Soleil Beaudoin on being appointed to officiate the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg as well as James Keast who has been chosen as an assessor.
Like many referees Alexa began her association with soccer as a player. At the age of five she knew she had a passion for the sport. At 11 she was chosen to play for the Nova Scotia provincial team as a goalkeeper. Over the next seven years Alexa competed in many tournaments and national championships with both her club and provincial team. Upon graduation from high school her playing ability was recognized by the award of the Robert Sayer Scholarship from Soccer Nova Scotia. While completing her first year of a BSc in Life Sciences at Queen’s University, she has continued playing as a member of the Queen’s Gaels soccer team and has been named an Academic All-Canadian.
Alexa began her officiating career three years ago and through the refereeing mentorship program as well as having the opportunity of working with some of the Province’s most experienced officials, she has steadily increased her knowledge and skills to successfully manage ever more challenging games. Her appointment as a referee to the Canada Games soccer competitions in Winnipeg this summer has been well earned.
Scott began his refereeing career at the age of 12. He moved up through the ranks earning his provincial badge in 2009, then graduating from the Advanced Referee Training Program in Ontario in 2013. During that time he officiated in a number of high level soccer games, including matches in the former Canadian Soccer League, League 1, the Super Y League Championships in Tampa Bay, international friendly games, club national championships, and an All-Stars tournament. He has continued to referee in senior leagues such as the NSSL, AUS and ACAA upon his move to Nova Scotia in 2015. His best soccer memories come from working with current and former national and FIFA referees, such as Silviu Petrescu, Steve Cahoon and Tony Camacho. He treasures his time spent with colleagues as they work as a team managing challenging matches.
Off the pitch Scott is a high school teacher working primarily with youth who have learning challenges.
Travis began his association with soccer as a player 17 years ago and attended National Club Championships in 2006 and 2008. In 2008 he obtained his referee badge with the objective of earning some money. Refereeing quickly became his passion and he became a member of the Referee Academy in 2012. Over the years, he developed his skills to earn his provincial qualification in 2016. Some highlights of his officiating career include refereeing in the Iber Cup in Estoril, Portugal, in 2013; 3 National Club Championships (2013, 2014 and 2015); the MLS identification camp featuring youth teams from the Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC and Canada Selects in 2016.
Travis is very appreciative of all the Referee Academy coaches, mentors and fellow referees who have helped to advance his officiating career.
Marie-Soleil was the oldest of three daughters and started playing soccer at age five. At age 20, she started refereeing at the local level and it quickly became apparent to mentors and assessors that she had a special talent. With a commitment to training, Marie-Soleil completed the fitness testing, course work and on-field assessments required, and obtained her Regional designation in 2008, provincial status in 2009, a national badge in 2013 and her FIFA badge in 2014.
Last year, Marie-Soleil was appointed to the U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, where she officiated the opening game as well as the semi-final match between Spain and Japan. In preparation for future international events, FIFA monitors her training as she prepares for the Canada Games in Winnipeg, appointments in the United Soccer League, and International Friendlies. These are all steps that could lead her to the next U17 or U20 Women’s World Cups and hopefully to a selection for the World Cup in France in 2019.
Recently quoted in the Chronicle Herald Beaudoin said “a good referee has many different qualities, including a good personality to manage the game and the players, a strong knowledge of the Laws of the Game and their application; a willingness to learn at every game and every occasion, and good physical fitness.”
James Keast, a National Assessor, joins the four NS Referees heading to Winnipeg.
James has been a member of SNS Provincial Referee Committee since 2002 and Chair of the SNS Provincial Assessment Committee since 2004. He was appointed to the National List of Assessors in 2009 and has been appointed annually as a National Assessor to one or more of Canada Soccer’s National Championships.
In 2017, James has been appointed to the Canada Games and the U17 Club Nationals as a National Assessor and to the CCAAs as the Supervisor of Officials.
Thanks James, for your contribution to referee development in the province.