Nick Hodgers - From WPNSW to Calling the Shots at the Paris Olympics

Published Thu 28 Mar 2024

At Water Polo NSW (WPNSW), we are immensely proud to celebrate Nick Hodgers' remarkable achievement of being appointed as a referee for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, a significant recognition of his expertise and dedication to the sport we love.

A Dedicated Member of WPNSW

Nick has been an integral part of our organisation for over two decades, serving as WPNSW's President for an extended period and earning the esteemed title of life member. During his tenure as President, Nick played a crucial role in guiding the direction of water polo in New South Wales. His leadership and vision fostered a vibrant water polo community, promoting the sport's growth at various levels, from grassroots to pathway competitions.

Beyond his administrative and refereeing duties, Nick has been a constant presence at water polo events, supporting players, coaches, and officials. His passion for the sport is evident, inspiring those around him to strive for excellence and uphold the highest standards of sportspersonship.

Officiating at the Elite Level

Nick’s appointment as a referee for the 2024 Paris Olympics is a milestone achievement in his distinguished career as an official at the highest levels of water polo. Over the years, he has refereed at international events, including Youth and Junior World Championships. His consistent professionalism and excellence in these important tournaments have earned him a reputation as one of the most respected officials in the sport.

The Olympic Games represent the pinnacle of water polo competition, and Nick's appointment is a testament to his expertise and dedication. This rare opportunity will allow him to showcase his skills on the biggest stage for water polo, an honour achieved by only a select few officials worldwide.

Mastering the Craft with Integrity and Vision

Nick's selection to officiate at the Olympics reflects his dedication to continually honing his refereeing skills. He has spent years studying the rules, sharpening his decision-making, and preparing to handle difficult situations in the water with fairness and composure.

"Being appointed as a referee for the 2024 Paris Olympics is a humbling and unique opportunity. It’s the culmination of years of contributing to many aspects and countless hours spent immersed in this incredible sport," Nick expressed with humility. His meticulous approach and attention to detail have contributed to his ability to make accurate split-second calls, earning him respect from players, coaches, and fellow officials.

Underpinning Nick's achievements is his rigorous dedication to impartiality and adherence to the rules, ensuring a level playing field and upholding the credibility and sportspersonship of the game. "Just as the skilled water polo players we officiate constantly adapt and evolve, so too must we, as the officials who uphold the integrity of the game," he noted.

As an experienced official, Nick has taken great care to guide and support up-and-coming referees. "Passing on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of referees is a particular focus," he stated. Nick recognises the importance of cultivating a robust community of officials to sustain the high standards of refereeing.

A Lasting Legacy

As Nick takes to the Olympic stage, he carries with him the support and well-wishes of the Australian water polo community, inspiring generations of players, officials, and enthusiasts alike.

At WPNSW, we celebrate Nick's remarkable journey and extend our heartfelt congratulations on this outstanding achievement. We look forward to cheering him on as he represents Australia and our organisation on the world's greatest sporting stage.