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Cowal Highland Gathering are delighted to announce the adjudication panel for highland dancing championships for 2013
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We are most grateful to the various dancing organisations who have aided us greatly in the selection process, these are:

A.B.H.D. - Australia

ScotDance Canada - Canada

F.U.S.T.A - U.S.A

O.B.H.D (S.A) South Africa

B.A.T.D. - U.K.

S.D.T.A - Scotland

U.K.A. - U.K.


Linda NapierLinda Napier
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
Linda was born in Arbroath, Scotland and studied highland dancing with Wilma Tolmie and Marion Lawson and from the age of 6 through to adults was a successful competitive dancer.

Linda went on to become a Member of the BATD and SDTA and Fellow member and Examiner with the UKA and has been teaching dancing for 36 years having trained several champion dancers winning titles both and home and abroad including several
World Highland Dancing Championship titles here at Cowal Highland Gathering.

Being a member of the Worldwide Judges Panel, Linda has adjudicated all over the world including America, Canada and Australia and it is an honour and a pleasure to be invited here to the 2013 Cowal Highland Gathering.
 
Kay AlexanderKay Alexander
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
Kay is a Primary Teacher living in Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway, with her husband and 12 year old son.

In dancing she is a Member of the SDTA and an Associate with the BATD. She has a dance school in Castle Douglas where she teaches Highland.

As a dancer, with Miss Shendl Russell, one of Kay’s greatest achievements was to qualify for the World final.
She has been an Australian delegate on the SOBHD and fortunate enough to have judged in Canada.
 
John HyndJohn Hynd
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
A native of Los Angeles, John was born of Scottish parents and has been involved in piping and dancing since the age of nine.

As a competitive piper and dancer he was very successful on the West Coast circuit. One of his major achievements was the first American to win the British Overseas Championship at the Edinburgh Festival. He also won numerous prizes at various well known Scottish competitions.

He taught dancing for a number of years in the Southern California area. John served for ten years on the Board of Directors of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA), as the National Chairman of the Judges Committee, as well as numerous other committees in the organization since its inception.

John met his wife Cathy, a prominent Highland teacher and adjudicator, through the dancing ’network.’ They have a daughter Janeen, who danced for many years and currently resides in Vancouver, B.C.

A member of the SOBHD Adjudicator’s Panel for more than 40 years, John has judged at all major competitions and championships in Canada and the U.S. and at championships in Australia and Scotland.

John is looking forward to adjudicating at the Cowal Gathering for the first time and is honoured to be one of the FUSTA representative on the judging panel.
 
Jill Young (Friesen)Jill Young (Friesen)
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
Jill has been actively involved in the Highland Dancing community since 1979.

She is a member of the Scottish Dance Teachers’ Alliance and has been a member of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing Judges’ panel since 1990. Jill had a successful competitive career for many years, winning the title of many major Championships including the Canadian Inter-Provincial, British Commonwealth and British Overseas Championship. She was also First Runner-up in the Adult World Championships at the Cowal Highland Games.

Over the years Jill has had the opportunity to judge across North America and Australia including the SDCCS and the USIR Championships. Jill continues to work with all levels of dancers from beginners to champions in Calgary, where she resides with her husband.

Jill is honoured to represent Scotdance Canada and happy to be adjudicating at the Cowal Highland Gathering.
 
Helen FitzpatrickHelen Fitzpatrick
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
Helen was a relatively late comer to highland dancing, commencing at 11 year of age. She competed very successfully for just over 18 years under the expert tuition of Irene McKechnie. During this time she won many championships, including the World Adult Championship and a special World Champions’ Challenge held in connection with the 1986 Commonwealth Games. The experience gained while competing, and currently teaching means that she fully understands the hard work and dedication that it takes to compete on the boards of Cowal.

Her technical qualifications include a life time membership of the BATD and a member of the SDTA. Since qualifying as an adjudicator she has had the opportunity to judge at many events both home and abroad, including on several occasions the Canadian, the South African and the Scottish & World Championships.

Helen is delighted to be part of the Cowal Highland Gathering 2013, and is looking forward to some wonderful dancing!
 
Heather Booysen nee GrantHeather Booysen nee Grant
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
For health reasons Heather started Highland Dancing at the age of 5yrs. She grew up in Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) and progressed through all the dancing age groups having been successful in winning many of them.

She was a member of the Natal Provincial team that won the Inter Provincial Trophy in 1967. She has taught Highland dancing for 34 years both in KZN and the Western Cape. Her judging career started 31 years ago, and she has judged throughout South Africa both at local and National Level, together with the opportunity to judge at Blairgowrie in 2000.

She is privileged to mentor candidates in sitting their adjudicator’s examinations.
 
Ann JohnsonAnn Johnson
Position: Highland Dancing Judge


Ann is a native of Portland, Oregon where she began Highland Dance lessons when she was seven. What began as weekly dance lessons became a life long passion. She enjoyed a successful competitive career on the west coast of the United States and Canada.

She is a Fellow, Examiner and Life Member of the SDTA and a Life Member of the BATD. Ann is a founding member and past president of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (FUSTA). She has been a member of the SOBHD Adjudicators’ Panel since 1974 and has judged at competitions and championships throughout the United States, Canada and in Scotland.

Ann has had her own Highland Dance School in Portland for over 35 years and has been fortunate to work with many wonderful youngsters some of whom have had very successful competitive careers that included winning the B.C. Open, Pacific Northwest Open, Western U.S. Open, North American Open and USIR Championships.

Retired from a 31-year career with the Hillsboro School District teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, Ann continues to substitute and work part time for the district’s Home Instruction program.

 
Barbara McCulloughBarbara McCullough
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
With a strong family involvement in pipe bands and highland dancing, Barbara began her dancing career at the age of 5. Her dancing years were spent learning from Innes Barker and then Margaret Paterson, O.A.M. and also included many years of Irish and Ballroom dancing.

Since 1993 Barbara has judged many championships throughout Australia. Last year she had the opportunity to judge in Nova Scotia Canada and recently a return trip to judge in New Zealand.

Barbara is the Principal of The Springfield Anglican College of Highland Dancing and has been since its inception in 2000.

For a period of 7 years, she held the position of Technical Secretary and ABHDI Delegate for the South Queensland Regional Committee of Highland Dancing and then held an Executive position on the ABHDI for 5 years.

Barbara lives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is employed as a Business Services Manager with Education Queensland.

 
Christine AitkenChristine Aitken
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
Christine is an Independent member of the Scottish Official board of Highland Dancing.

Christine started dancing at the age of three and studied Highland, Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance. Her first Highland teacher was Nancy Dixon and later Miss Jessie Stewart - Haggarty MBE. Effie Drummond was her instructor for Tap, Ballet and Modern Dance.

She competed regularly in Highland Dancing and Stage Festival and won the 10 years Championship at the Cowal Highland Games in 1957 and was successful in many other competitions.

Christine has been principal of her dancing school for 50 years, teaching all subjects. Her pupils compete regularly as Highland Competitions and are very successful. She is a Fellow and Examiner with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, a past Vice – President, Member of the Executive Council, Chairman of the Association’s Highland Committee and a Member of the B.A.T.D. Stage and Ballet Committee.

At present Christine is Convenor of the S.O.B.H.D. Judges Committee and was until her election as an independent member, Convenor of the S.O.B.H.D. Technical Committee. She was also a Delegate for the B.A.T.D. on the S.O.B.H.D. for around 30 years.
 
Alison MunroAlison Munro
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
Born and brought up in Buckie on the North East Coast of Scotland, Alison has been married to husband Kenny for 33yrs, and together they have two daughters, Leanne and Heather.

She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching Highland Dancing and have done so for over 30years. She currently runs the Munro School of Dance which has over 60 pupils. Alison derives great pleasure in seeing her pupils improve and has shared in their successes over the years, with her pupils achieving great results at all levels, including championship titles in Scotland and North America.

She has been attending the Cowal Gathering for over 20 years in a coaching capacity, and has had a pupil in the world finals 7 times.

She is an Examiner and Fellow of the UKAPTD and Member of the SDTA and BATD. As an adjudicator on the SOBHD worldwide panel, she has judged at many major events in Scotland including the Scottish Area Finals at Oban, both Provincial and Interprovincial championships in Canada and Grandfather Mountain championships in America. She is delighted to have been asked to adjudicate at the worlds in Scotland this year.


 
Pat McMasterPat McMaster
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
Pat is formerly from Scotland and has been in Canada since 1974.

She was a fulltime student at the Lillian McNeil School of dance in Glasgow, where she received her highland training from Elspeth Strathern.

In addition to being an examiner, life time member and Fellow of the SDTA and SOBHD Judges panel, Pat has her SDTA, BATD, ISTD in tap and modern, as well as her RAD Ballet.

She owns her own studio in Niagara On The Lake, Ontario. Her students have won many Championships in Canada, the United States, Australia and Scotland, including the Juvenile and Junior World titles. Pat has also judged many National Championships including the USIR, Commonwealth, and the World Championships in Cowal Scotland.
 
Betty TurkingtonBetty Turkington
Position: Highland Dancing Judge
Betty Turkington has been a judge for many years and has adjudicated at competitions and championships throughout the United Kingdom and North America.

During her competitive dancing career Betty won many championships including the Champion of Champions for three consecutive years. Betty danced at the Cowal Gathering for twenty years.

The highlight for her was being the first winner of the World Junior Championship.
 
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