Retired cricket umpire Dillon Child is the first umpire to be honoured with Life Membership to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Umpires Association (SVGUA).
The honour was bestowed at the Association’s recent General Meeting.
It was a special occasion for the SVGCUA; it was the first time that it was according such membership since its inception in 1969.
Dillon Child began his umpiring career in 1979, became a fully qualified umpire in 1983, and retired in 2019.
He umpired at all levels of local cricket as well as in Windward Islands cricket tournaments.
In his acceptance speech, Child expressed his gratitude, adding, “I am honored to be giving a Life Membership by the Association and the first to do so.”
He assured that, “Even though I am not fully involved in umpiring as before, I will always be available to assist the Association where necessary. As it relates to on field umpiring, my main interest now is at the Under-15 level.”
But it was to the area of training that Child committed himself.
“I am fully committed to help to enhance the sport, especially in imparting my knowledge to the younger umpires.”
Child is one of many persons from the sporting community of Sion Hill, who have transitioned to officiating in various sports, cricket not being among the least.