ALA Welcomes New Board Member

Mark Polden
Mark Polden  

ALA welcomes Mark Polden to the Board as director of officiating. Mark was elected to the ALA Board at the 2017 AGM on the 21 November 2017,

Please take the time to read the below profile from Mark which highlights Mark's skills, experiences and accomplishments:

Most recently I had held two concurrent administrative roles in lacrosse in South Australia, Lacrosse SA Deputy President and South Australian Chief Referee (SACR).  The Lacrosse SA Deputy President role, from 2015 to 2017, was my second term on the Lacrosse SA Board. Previously I held the position of Director Officiating from 2010 to 2013. I have been a member of the Men’s National Technical Committee since 2014.  Initially as Deputy SACR, and when David Eyre retired I was appointed to the Chief Referee position.

My activities on the Lacrosse SA Board were predominantly associated with Constitutional and Bylaw upgrades and most recently, in the absence of an elected Director, chairing the Junior Competitions Sub-committee.   The SACR role kept me busy with mentoring referees in SA, and travelling to interstate championship events as either an Assessor of Referees or as the tournament Chief Referee.

Previous roles I also held in Lacrosse in South Australia were that of Presidents of the Brighton Lacrosse Club and the Australian Lacrosse Referees Association, both of which I am now a Life Member.

I played for the Brighton Lacrosse Club from 1970, with my last game in 1996.  I scored 754 goals in 365 senior games, and won three A Grade/State League Premierships in 1978, 1979 and 1987.

As a referee I started in 1995.  I have officiated in three World Championships (2003 U19 Towson Maryland, 2006 London Ontario, 2010 Manchester England), numerous SA and Australian Championships, and now I assess referees and officiate local senior games.

I was involved in establishing the national on-line rules testing platforms, initially on ArbiterSports and now utilising the ClassMarker website.  This has enabled me to gain a better appreciation for Women’s lacrosse rules, the reasons why they are different from Men’s, and the ways in which they are so very similar.

I feel that if lacrosse is to grow in Australia, match officials need to have easily accessible resources to improve their rules and officiating mechanics knowledge.  They also require transparent procedures and pathways for improvement and higher-level achievement.

Recently I commenced pre-retirement leave from my job as an Operations Shift Supervisor at Torrens Island Power Station, employed by AGL. I have worked there since January 1981 and will officially retire in August 2018.

My wife Suzanne considers herself a lacrosse widow at times, and without her support I would not be able to contribute back to this sport.  My 14-year-old daughter Erin is considering taking up the game again after a couple of years break to pursue Dance and Tennis, and my 18-year-old son, Tom is about to leave home for a Lacrosse Scholarship at Lake Erie College in Ohio, USA.

Mark was elected to the ALA Board at the 2017 AGM on the 21 November 2017,

 

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