The 14th annual British Athletics Officials’ Conference has taken place with over 250 technical officials from across the UK attending the event.
In fact, there were 18 Scots in attendance at the Conference and, of course, many of our officials will be heading south later in the year to perform duties at the World Para Champs and World Champs.
The Conference was centred around the theme of ‘Broaden Your Horizons’, encouraging officials to think outside of their discipline.
It was a message emphasised by 2012 Olympic high jump medallist Robbie Grabarz, and 2000 Olympic 400m medallist-turned-presenter Katharine Merry.
In addition, Head of Competition for London 2017 Chris Cohen provided an update on that, followed by a short talk on his experiences as Secretary of Jury Appeal at the 2016 Rio Olympics
A total of 18 workshops were delivered across the course of the day, covering all disciplines of athletics as well as putting an emphasis on personal development. A number of awards were presented to acknowledge the service and achievement of various officials throughout the last year.
With thanks to Shona Malcolm
The dedicated band of scottishathletics qualified Officials are among the hardest-working folk in the sport in Scotland.
And, after a hectic Indoor Season at the Emirates Arena, the focus will soon move towards track and field events across the length and breadth of Scotland.
That’s why training courses are very important and there are now a number of Officials Courses set-up and scheduled for late this month at Livingston.
There are three separate courses taking place on Sunday 30 April at Craigswood Sports Centre
Level 1 Track 9.30am to 2pm
Level 1 Field 9.30am to 2pm
Health and Safety 2.30pm to 4pm
No previous experience as an Official is required to take part in these courses. the Health and Safety element is part of the Level 1 Track and Level 1 field courses. A current PVG disclosure check is also needed.
Sign-up for these course via the Courses page on our Officials section.