Congratulations to Wayne Steele (middle) with George Oswald and Larry Reda at 2018 presentation of Hall of Fame Builder Award.
Wayne is recognized one of the premier football officials in British Columbia and across the country as well. Wayne has covered games at the minor, high school and university levels often as the head referee. Wayne has a solid background in the game of football as a player in Junior Big 4 Football for the CYO Red Raiders and Marpole Colts.
Wayne’s career notables include being part of the first fully-integrated crew from across Canada to officiate the College Bowl (now the Vanier Cup), having been the head referee for the annual Archbishops’ Trophy between Vancouver College and Notre Dame more than 20 times, being the head instructor for officials at Top-Flight Flag Football League clinics, being the official CFL communications coordinator for Empire Stadium and BC Place for over 30 years. Wayne has appeared in movies as an official and was the head referee for the first-ever televised Lingerie Football League game in B.C.
Wayne was an elementary school teacher for 35 years with the Vancouver School Board; this afforded him the flexibility to officiate games after school on Friday evenings and Saturdays. In 1988 Wayne was the Head official for a Meraloma Football Alumni team as they toured England, Wales and Scotland. As the game was still new to the United Kingdom, Wayne assisted the other game referees and held clinics for them.
Wayne is a lifetime member of the BCFOA, and has given back to the officiating fraternity by teaching new officials. He has served on the BC Football Officials Association’s (BCFOA) board of directors as well as handled communications with the National Officials Association. (reprinted from BC Hall of Fame)