Almaden Referee, April Tilmant,
recipient of District Referee Award!
Pictured left to right (Peter Fletcher, Kari Seitz, April Tilmant, Tom Dunlap)
Each year, CYSAN (California Youth Soccer Association North) and CNRA (California North Referee Administration) has each district select their top Youth Female and Male referee to compete in the state referee of the year award.
The requirements to be considered for the award are that they are active in the referee community, demonstrate that they are comfortable centering high level matches, and show leadership on and off the field.
DIstrict 2 encompasses San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and has about 1100 youth officials. This year, District 2 selected Almaden resident/student April Tilmant as their 2012 Youth Female Referee of the Year. April, now 14, has been refereeing since she was 10 years old. She was awarded the novice referee of the year for Almaden Valley Youth Soccer League her first year on the field. Then she proceeded to quickly move on to officiating competition level matches and centered her first tournament final at the age of 12. She now has completed more than 300 games since she was 10. In this past year, April has officiated in the Pleasanton Rage College Showcase, centered finals for two national tournaments, assistant refereed on several EarthQuake scrimmages and tryouts, and was the assistant referee on the EarthQuake’s half time show last April between the fire and police departments.
Along with her own officiating, she plays for the Almaden Quicksilver Black, helps mentor younger officials in Almaden, plays for the Pioneer Varsity Girls Soccer Team, Participates in the school leadership program, plays trombone for the school band, and participates on the school robotics team.
April was presented the award on December 13, 2012 (Pictured above) by District 2 Youth Referee Administrator Tom Dunlap, Nation Referee alumni Peter Fletcher, and FIFA referee Kari Seitz, who herself is considered the top female referee in the world after completing her 3rd Olympic Games and 4th Women’s World Cup.