He’s not blowing his own whistle

Cayman is not only blessed with a
great young rugby side that rules the Caribbean, it also has one of the best
referees in the region too.

Alasdair Robertson reached new
heights last November when he excelled in the North American and Caribbean
Rugby Association rugby sevens regional championships in Mexico City between 13
regional countries.

In the referees’ final ranking for
the tournament Robertson was second overall, a major accomplishment considering
referees came from all over the region.

It was not easy because conditions
were so tough and fitness was a key. The tournament was held at 7,500 feet altitude
in blisteringly hot sun and poor air.

The Maples partner and father of
three did not let that dampen his enthusiasm or performances in any way, as he
efficiently controlled the games’ flow with clear direction and use of the whistle.

Top official of 12 referees was the
Canadian Sam Langridge. As a result of his expertise in Mexico, Robertson was
picked to control the Bowl final and one of the Cup semis.

He also got an invite to officiate
at the Rugby International Board Sevens tournament in Las Vegas on 12-15
February.

“It’s a great opportunity but I
can’t make it,” Robertson, 40, said. “Work commitments don’t allow it. It will
be fantastic in Vegas. The tournament naturally attracts itself to there
because it’s high paced and fans tend to dress up and create a carnival atmosphere.

“Last year it was held in San Diego
and already ticket sales are 30 per cent up.

“I would love to go but it’s hard
juggling family, work and rugby.”

His two sons, Alex, 12 and Iain,
11, are already showing a lot of potential in rugby. Daughter Catrina, six, has
yet to keep the family playing tradition going.

Robertson took up the whistle after
a shoulder injury some years ago when he returned to Cayman from Hong Kong.

He has spent available time since
2001 travelling all over the Caribbean and North America officiating at tournaments.

The highlight of this was his
invitation to run touch at the World Sevens Series in San Diego a few years
ago.

A keen coach, along with his wife
Lisa, Alasdair keeps fit running at lunchtime and working with a group of primary
school kids each Saturday morning at the rugby club.

He also officiates regularly at the
South Sound Ground as well as teaching and passing his knowledge on to
newcomers.

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