pipes|drums has learned that the three Australian judges on the RSPBA’s approved “international” panel – Brian Niven, Nat Russell and Sam Young – contend that they were in full compliance with the association’s request to provide samples of their band score sheets from judging assignments at contest within their home organization.
The three judges contend that the Australian Pipe Band Association received a request on November 30, 2008, asking for samples of score sheets from local contests. They go on to say that the samples were faxed to RSPBA Executive Office Ian Embelton on February 2, 2009, and that Embelton then confirmed receipt of the fax on February 11, 2009, along with notification that none of the three had been assigned to any RSPBA major championships.
A statement from the Australian judges says, “It is important to note, that [the notification of November 2nd] is the first request to come from the RSPBA asking for copied critique sheets, since we had been appointed to the RSPBA’s Adjudication Panel in 2005. This correspondence did not stipulate time lines.”
The group goes on to quote Embelton’s correspondence to them:
“I acknowledge receipt of your Fax dated 2/2/09 enclosing copy critique sheets and confirm these have been forwarded to the Adjudicator Management Board.
“I should advise you that the Championship and Competition allocation has already taken place and you have not been allocated any adjudication duties at RSPBA events in 2009.”
The group says that Embelton or the RSPBA has not responded to their requests for a reason why no contests were allocated to them
“Since all requests from the RSPBA have been complied with, one can only assume there is some other reason why none [their emphasis] of the International Adjudicators have been allocated for 2009.”
pipes|drums has asked Embelton to comment on the matter, but has so far received no response.