Sue Hesser named USA Wrestling Woman of the Year
Sue Hesser of Hillsboro, Ind., a respected pairing official and longtime wrestling volunteer, has been named Woman of the Year by USA Wrestling, the national governing body for wrestling in the United States. This award recognizes an outstanding woman for her contributions to the sport of wrestling.
"I am honored to be chosen among so many exceptional people in all areas of wrestling, and to represent our great wrestling family," said Hesser.
Hesser is one of the nation's most respected pairing officials. She is on the U.S. Wrestling Officials Association Executive Board as an at-large member, serving in her second term. Within pairing, she serves on the evaluation committee and the assignment committee, and was involved in the revised bylaws for the organization.
She has been a pairing official since 1975. Her U.S. rank is P1E and she is also a licenced FILA pairing official.
She is the former Pairing Director for USA Wrestling in Indiana, and is a lifetime member of Indiana's Board of Directors. Hesser serves as the pairing representative on the Events and Scheduling ad-hoc committee for USA Wrestling's Junior Olympic Wrestling Committee. She also regularly consults on terminology for pairing operations.
Hesser has worked hundreds of events on the local, regional, state, national and international levels. She was one of the pairing officials that worked the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. She has also worked at numerous World Championships, including both Senior and age-group World events. Hesser has also worked at numerous U.S. Olympic Team Trials as well as Regional Olympic Trials.
She is a past winner for the Bernie Norris Award as the pairing official of the year.
Her family has been involved in wrestling at many levels. Husband Jan was one of the nation's top mat officials. All three of their sons wrestled, and her son Cody is a national and international mat official.
"It was something we started as a family, and the whole family would be involved each weekend," said Hesser. "It has developed beyond that to our friends who are our wrestling family. It is as much seeing all my friends who are my family as it is being involved in the actual wrestling."
PAST USA WRESTLING WOMAN OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2008 - Sue Hesser
2007 - Dr. Lin Miller
2006 - Sharon Dowden
2005 - Kim Martori-Wickey
2004 - Patricia Miranda
2003 - Kristie Marano
2002 - Pat Short
2001 - Paula McGahee
2000 - Sandy Stevens
1999 - Sue Siar
1998 - Nancy Schultz
1997 - Tricia Saunders