A Special Olympics coach has broken a Guinness World Record for the most referee qualifications across multiple sports.
Andreas Kolettis from Pireas, Greece is a certified referee on a total of 27 sports. Kolettis is qualified in the following sports: athletics, badminton, beach handball, beach tennis, beach volleyball, blind football, bridge, chess, fencing, football, futsal, mountaineering, rally car, sailing, sport fishing, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and wushu kung fu. To be considered eligible, a participant must be certified by the international competitive body or its national/regional subdivision for the sport and must have officiated sanctioned competitive contests in the sport, as well.
Andreas is a special guard with the Greek Police and a graduate of the University of Athens. A decorated athlete himself in swimming and weightlifting, Andreas is also a Special Olympics coach in weightlifting working with athletes with intellectual disabilities.