Judging the Olympics

August 17, 2012 by Henry Benjamin
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Larry Cornofsky did not win Gold at the 2012 London Olympics…but he was one of the judges at the Gold Medal Hockey match between the Netherlands and Germany.

Gold Medal judges Antonio Aguilera and Larry Cornofsky

Cornofsky explained that in competition hockey there are two on field umpires and two judges, one responsible for time-keeping and the other for the electronic score sheet.

J-Wire had the questions…Larry Cornofsky had the answers.

Whereabouts in Sydney do you live?   St Ives, since 2007 – previously Wahroonga from 1997 to 2007
Profession?  Chartered Accountant – work at Prestige Auto Traders Australia, Rozelle
Did you play hockey yourself?  Yes
If so, to what level?   I played in South Africa – Western Province Schools (Provincial representative team); Provincial U-21; Senior provincial for Griqualand West (Kimberley area) whilst serving in the army.  South Africa Maccabi 1981 – Silver medallists at 11th Maccabiah.  Played club level for Gordon from 1997 to 2002 on arrival in Australia.
How did you get involved in the Olympics?  I was living in Los Angeles (1988-1996) and volunteered for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  The Hockey Results Manager passed away just prior to the Test Event in 1995 and I was employed as the Results Manager, commuting between LA and Atlanta for 4 days every month from Jan 96 – May 96 at which point I moved to Atlanta for 3 months before and during the Games.
Will you be involved in Rio if asked to?  Yes, as long as my wife is still supportive.  I am still involved in International Hockey Federation (FIH) events as a supplier of tournament administration software including World Cup; Champions Trophy, Champions Challenge and World Hockey league so will be quite busy with this.  I am also on the ORIS (Olympic Results and Information Services) project which sets the scope/standards for the hockey results system at the Olympic Games.  There is an ORIS project for each sport at the Games and I have been involved with this project since its inception in 1996.
Do any members of your family play hockey?  Not yet – my children are 9 and 7 and I will encourage them when they are old enough (in my opinion).
Do you play other sports?  No longer, but at school played cricket, soccer, table tennis and hockey; and cricket and hockey after school.

52-yr-old Cornofsky is originally from Capetown. He lives in Sydney with his wife Shelley and sons Daniel 9, and Jonathan 7.

The final was won Germany who defeated the Netherlands 2-1.

Cornofsky told J-Wire: “I did come home with a medal. Judges and umpires received one along with a certificate as a gesture of our participation.



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