Marie-Tjana Picavet : « Le fait d'être une femme dans le milieu du hockey ne doit pas être un frein à vouloir devenir arbitre. »


Marie-Tjana Picavet: "Being a woman in hockey does not have to be a barrier to becoming a referee. "

Marie-Tjanais a teacher of schools, and also director of a kindergarten in Biarritz. "I started refereeing minor hockey in 1992. I've been a national referee since 2000, and international since 2001. I discovered hockey through a school girlfriend when I was 8 years old, which gave me a proposed day to go see his dad play. It immediately became a real passion. "Have more ice time: a key factor in the decision to become referee for the young Boucalaise:" The choice to become referee allowed me to considerably increase the ice time, that is what motivated my decision. When I started playing, if we were not part of a women's team, it was difficult to play mixed, so little match. Refereeing allowed to have at least one match per weekend, even sometimes up to 3 or even a few times during the week. Marie-Tjana played for 10 years, going through the clubs of Villard de Lans, Grenoble, Gap, or Cergy-Pontoise, including 5 years in the French team, she also made 2 European championships in 2005 and 2006 in Denmark and Slovakia, and 1 world championship in France, in 1999. Due to her professional activity, Marie-Tjana referee only on Saturday. "First of all, the arbitration is not a professional activity: there is, at the moment, no professional referee in France. The match days are very similar: they start most of the time with a long trip, whether by train or by car: the closest team to my home in Division 1, apart from Anglet, being more The young 41-year-old continues by describing a Saturday-type match: First: arrival at the hotel, nap, ride to get some fresh air and snack, to end with a good shower. Then, reunite with colleagues 2 hours before the meeting, at the rink or in a quieter place to share a coffee and return to our game quietly. We discuss our latest experiences with the teams of the day, we address the questions that we can have about some recent situations ... everything to be in the best possible conditions. After the game - except imperative - we eat together, which allows us a debriefing of the meeting but also to talk about something other than hockey. Then return to the hotel and train as soon as possible the next day to find everyone at home, unless another match is scheduled en route. "

"Do you have a word for those who wish, like you, to be an ice hockey referee? I would say that being a woman in hockey does not have to be a barrier to becoming a referee. We are here with our qualities and our flaws as each of our male colleagues. There is room for women from the moment one arrives as a sportswoman and not as a woman. It must be proven, it is certain, sometimes more, but the recognition is the same from the moment the work is done with seriousness, accuracy and honesty. The respect of my referee function that I feel from colleagues, coaches, players do not seem to me different from that of my male counterparts. The most "macho" and unpleasant behaviors felt come from the spectators / supporters ... and surprisingly, spectators. Marie-Tjana describes her sporting career abroad, which is very complete and very respectful, in details: "I have the chance to officiate abroad since 2001, year of my first appointment on a tournament by IIHF. That's what I can wish any colleague, in the same way that every player wishes to join the ranks of the team of France. It's a way to represent French ice hockey around the world. This allowed me to discover many countries and officers at the world level, a level I would never have achieved as a player. So I took part in: 2 World Championship Qualifying Tournaments, 10 World Championships, 1 Universiade, 2 Pre-Olympic Camps with 2 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, 10 European Club Cup Tournaments, 4 Nations Tournament, and only to finish, at the Asian Cup. She gives us to finish her opinion on the place of women in the world of hockey, as an arbitrator: "In my opinion, there is no place or special status for women in the French arbitration body . I feel referee above all and not a referee. Internationally, men and women are now evolving on their own, and are found only during certain events. It is a long-term job and in my opinion, paying, so that in France the woman has a full part in the landscape of ice hockey. A federal dynamic that is reflected in the results of different teams in France and the value of players who export more and more. It is the same for referees who regularly manage to officiate in the highest spheres of the world, such as the Olympics, or the world championships group A. As for the international level, the multiplication of tournaments or the number of teams by championship , the move to officiating at 4 officials in certain categories, and the emergence of hockey in new parts of the globe also demonstrate a desire to develop female hockey around the world again and again. "