By Kaitlyn Clark
The Haldimand Press
CAYUGA—While refereeing may not have been what Eric Robertson planned to do when he played minor hockey in Cayuga growing up, his hard work in the white and black has paid off as he will soon head to Košice, Slovakia for the ball hockey world championships.
“Honestly, I wasn’t much of a hockey player. I didn’t have the hands to stickhandle the puck well, but I was a good skater, and that’s what you need to be a ref,” said Robertson, who started refereeing in Cayuga when he was 14. “I’ve always been competitive, and refereeing ended up being a way for me to stay in the game at a competitive level.”
A sexual health nurse with the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit by day, Robertson is now a level five referee, with level six being the highest rank possible. He explained that for higher levels you are supervised during games to be rated and potentially recommended for a training clinic to move up: “Level six is like for the Olympics. This year only eight people went to the level six clinic, in all of Canada, to put it into perspective.”