Road to Sochi

Date: 25-03-2014

Joy Johnson is one of only a handful of female officials who has been invited to the Sochi winter Olympics 2014. The news game on 1st December 2013 after a very testing couple of years for Joy.

The Sochi winter Olympics will be her third Olympic games that she has officiated at following Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010. This in itself is a huge achievement but Joy herself has had to push herself to her limits in order to be selected for the third time. In 2011 her father sadly and suddenly passed away and until that point he was her biggest fan and biggest supporter; he was with her during her games and he was there afterwards so that she could talk her game through with and partake in some self-assessment. After his death, Joy wasn’t sure whether she wanted to carry on officiating Ice Hockey or not, subsequently during the decision time she lost her fitness and gained weight.

Joy was invited to officiate at a tournament in 2012 purely based on her reputation and not her current state; but after this tournament she was invited to the pre-Olympic selection camp which saw 10 referee’s competing for 6 spaces. She was competing against her friends, people who she had officiated with over the years and people who all deserved a place. Her fitness being back up to peak, Joy managed to win her invite to the Sochi Olympic games.

“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”

 

Sports officials carrying out their duties.