Tottman ‘honoured’ by Olympic appointment

UK referee Joy Tottman says it is an honour to be appointed to officiate at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The women’s tournament will run from 8th to 17th February 2014 and Tottman will officiate at her third Olympics, after previously working at the Games in Torino and Vancouver.

She said: “I’ve been a part of the IHUK and IIHF programmes for over 15 years now and have seen the standards improve dramatically over that time.

“To be able to compete and be selected from the best in the world is a real honour and something which I hope makes us all proud of hockey in the UK.

“The last few years have been a real test for me.

“Losing my dad as my number one support was extremely tough and to come back from being very low to being top six in the world has shown me that anything is possible if you want it bad enough.

“The support from the rest of the referees in the UK has been incredible and my friends and family too have also given me the strength and resolve to keep training and striving for the best.

“It makes all the 5am training sessions worth it. I can’t wait to get out there and show the world that this little island does know a thing or two about hockey.”

Ice Hockey UK general secretary, Andy French, added: “Everyone at IHUK would like to send their congratulations to Joy on her appointment to officiate at another Olympics.

“Joy is one of the top officials in the UK and this is shown by her appointment for a third successive Winter Olympics.

“She fully deserves this accolade and I know once again she will do the UK proud.”