The Golden Whistle was presented by Willard P. Harris in his role as FIH Representative at the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires. On Thursday, Nel officiated along with Kim Hong Lae. The Korean is also member of the Golden Whistle team reaching the status in 2012.

Nel is the 1473rd international outdoor umpire in FIH history. He started his international career on 2 June 2000, reached Grade 1 stage on 14 October 2002 and was promoted to a World Panel Umpire on 1 July 2013. To date, he has umpired 104 international matches (100 Senior & 4 Junior).

The South African participated in three Champions Trophy tournaments so far, Mönchengladbach (GER) 2010, Melbourne (AUS) 2012 and Bhubaneswar (IND) 2014. He was also appointed to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague as Video Umpire.

To see a list of all male and female umpires having reached Golden Whistle status, please click here

FIH site

SAHA congratulates Deon Nel on this fantastic achievement

*In 2001Marelise de Klerk became one of only three umpires to have umpired over 200 internationals. The others are Alain Renaud (FRA - 1991) and Santiago Deo (ESP - 1995