Field Hockey Canada is excited to announce the five-person officiating staff that will be heading to the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago in October.
Laurie Hogan is the Chair of the Field Hockey Canada Officials Committee and will be in attendance as a Technical Officer. Wendy Stewart will represent Canada in the role of Umpire Manager. Tyler Klenk, Megan Robertson and Meghan McLennan represent Canada’s on-field umpires at the Pan American Games. The officials for this competition were appointed by the Pan American Hockey Federation.
Hogan said she’s proud that Canada continues to send experienced and capable officials to the Pan American Games and other international events. For her, on top of sending delegations, she said the quality of officiating is strong.
“This is an experienced and well-deserving group,” Hogan said. “They have worked hard on their own development, internationally and domestically. I hope that young Canadian officials of all levels see this and are encouraged to continue on their own officiating journey.”
For Tyler Klenk, this will be his second Pan American Games. Over the past several years, Klenk has officiated in the FIH Pro League as well as the Junior Pan American Championships, junior World Cup and Commonwealth Games. He has over 50 international senior officiating caps to his name and is continuing to build his resume. For him, the Pan American Games has elevated stakes because of the automatic Olympic berth on the line.
“As umpires, many of us are also striving to be appointed to the Olympic Games and World Cups, so when you get the opportunity to perform in a qualification tournament, it feels like the stakes are higher,” Klenk said. “Pan American Games really feels like a mini-Olympics, in a sense, with all the other athletes around and other sports. It carries more weight than your standard hockey tournament.”
Klenk feels he is taking the right steps to get experience and is building towards an Olympic or World Cup appointment, which for him are the dream appointments.
“It’s definitely been a whirlwind couple of year. COVID put a bit of a damper on it, but since then, I’ve been working a lot, I’ve been exposed to a lot of different styles of hockey and different levels which only adds to my experience,” he said. “Given where I am now, I feel like it’s definitely possible to shoot for the 2026 World Cup and the 2028 Olympics. At the end of the day, I’m striving for excellence and to officiate at my best,” Klenk said.
For Megan Robertson, this fall’s appointment is her third time umpiring at the Pan American Games. Recently, Robertson officiated at the 2022 Juegos Suramericanos Asunción in Paraguay and the 2023 CAC Games in the Dominican Republic.
For Robertson, the opportunity to officiate at the Pan Am Games level offers an elevated experience both on and off the field.
“For officials, these multi sport games are also an opportunity to work with colleagues who have been appointed to the highest level of tournaments; learning from their experience and sharing as peers helps everyone develop,” she said. “Being a dedicated team of officials and umpires on field and off field is being a part of supportive community.”
Meghan McLennan and Wendy Stewart round out the Canadian officiating crew. McLennan is coming off recent umpiring performances at the Junior Pan American Championships in Barbados. Stewart is one of Canada’s most experienced umpire managers of all time. She has worked the last two seasons of FIH Pro League and is coming off a 2022 that featured the Commonwealth Games and Pan American Cup.
Both Hogan and Klenk said that on top of performing at a world class event, the connections they’ve made with the officiating community really stand out to them. Hogan said it’s created a global community that she can access.
“My favourite part will always be working with other officials and the teams, learning from each other, encouraging each other, helping each other and building friendships and support. Some of my closest friends are tech-officials from around the world, including USA and South Africa,” Hogan said. “It’s network of people I’m connected to. I can call on them as friends, or ask questions related to work, it’s a great resource.”
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