Gavin Caldecott was born in Harare, Zimbabwe where he was introduced to field hockey. He now resides in New Westminster, BC with his wife and son.
Gavin did his first international matches in 2008 in a test series between India and Canada in Surrey, BC. He became a badged umpire in 2012 after being appointed to the Jr Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Caldecott began to seriously focus on umpiring in 2004 at the start of the Vancouver Jr. Spring league and has not looked back since. He was really drawn to the challenge of being the best he could be as he worked the way up the ranks within Canada.
Gavin has not always been a umpire, and began his field hockey career as a goalkeeper representing his provincial sides in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada at the U16, U18 and U21 levels.
One skill that Gavin says helped him become a successful international umpire is his ability to adapt to the game at hand. Being flexible and adjusting your umpiring to fit the game is one tool he uses quite well.
His greatest field hockey moment was the entire 2012 Jr. Pan American Championship tournament. The mix of umpires got along very well and he was able to develop some strong friendships that still exist today.
2010 U17 Pan American Youth Championships – Hermosillo, Mexico
2012 Jr. Pan American Championships – Guadalajara, Mexico
2013 Pan American Cup – Brampton, Canada
2014 Commonwealth Games – Glasgow, Scotland
2015 Pan American Games – Toronto, Canada