Hockey Australia today congratulates Hall of Fame inductee Don Prior following his decision to retire as an international Hockey official.
Prior retires as the best credentialed umpire produced by Australian hockey, having officiated as an umpire at four Olympic Games (1988, 1992, 1996, 2000), four World Cups (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) and four Champions Trophies (1985, 1986, 1990, 1993).
He umpired three major gold medal matches, two Olympic finals (1988, 1996), as well as the 1994 World Cup final in Sydney.
Prior’s international umpiring career spanned 18 years, earning an FIH Golden Whistle Award in 1996 for officiating 100 international matches.
He most recently worked as an Umpire Manager, including at three more World Cups (2002 (Women’s), 2006, 2010) and two Champions Trophies (2003, 2007).
Prior also developed the worldwide performance analysis system Sportscode which was a major innovation in the game.
He also worked with the FIH in the preparation of the technology for the third umpire system.
In 2015, Prior’s significant contribution to Australian and international Hockey was recognised with his inclusion into Hockey Australia’s Hall of Fame.