On Behalf of the NSW Touch Association, would like to pass on our condolences and thoughts to the family of, Lou Tompkins one of the games true gentleman. Lou, unfortunately, passed away on Monday 1st June after a 20-year battle against cancer.
Lou was NSWTA Graded Referee Number 79. Following his referee career, he was for many years an integral member of the NSWTA State Referee Panel. He served on the Panel from 1990 to 2005 and only left the Panel to serve as the TFA National Director of Referees from 2005 to 2010. Since that time he has been the TFA National Referee Coach Development Advisor. He served on the Federation of International Touch Referees Panel for 21 years and has attended countless NSW, national and international tournaments, becoming a TFA Life Member in 2014.
Lou was a long time member of the Penrith Touch Association before his move to Queensland and was renowned as not just a gentleman of the sport but one who was a keen proponent of referees and coaches working together for the betterment of the game. All of us at NSWTA are grateful not only for Lou’s massive contribution to the sport and referee development but also for the privilege of knowing the man.