Peter Hayne honoured at NSW Community Sports Awards 4/07/2019 New England Referee Peter Hayne was recently honoured with a Distinguished Long Service Awards at the NSW Community Sports Awards at NSW Parliament House.One of 20 people to receive the award, Peter was recognised for his contribution as a long serving referee and referee mentor. Peter began his rugby career as a player and coach in Central West NSW and commenced his refereeing career in New England.As the zone’s number one referee, Peter officiated countless consecutive zone first grade Grand Finals and reached the highest level as an exchange referee and at country representative level.Since stepping back he remains a strong presence, mentoring new referees, and acting as a referee’s appointments and committee member.Humbled by the Award, Peter admitted that Rugby has given him incredible experiences that he truly values.“I feel honoured…. there are so many other people contributing to sport that I believe are more deserving. I feel really really humbled to have been given the award alongside such a great group of people,” he said.Getting his love for Rugby in the 80’s as a kid, Peter moved through the ranks coaching and refereeing.When asked what he loved about Rugby the most, quite simply it was “the team aspect.”“I played second row and loved the great team skills that are there with the scrums and line out. I still love that team environment since finishing playing, even through referring you are part of the team.”Having refereed for more than 15 years, Peter has now taken on a mentoring role to usher through the next generation of referees.“It’s really rewarding coaching the young referees but also your older referees that are 60+ years and are still keen to improve. It’s really good helping them as well.“I was asked why I thought more people don’t get into referring and I think it’s fear of failure or making mistakes, but there is no perfect game in refereeing. Continuous improvement is so important.“At the awards ceremony there was a guy who had been involved with cricket for over 30 years and I think he summed it up really well on behalf of all of us… ‘You get more out of it than you put into it.’“Rugby is such a great team game and it makes it easy to get into."