Becoming an official is a great way to be involved in athletics – you will be involved in the competition and often from the best seats in the house.
Australia has a very successful officials program with a strong network of people who travel to events to ensure the competitions run smoothly and to the rules.
Become an Official
If you would like to become an official the first step is to contact Queensland Athletics or the Queensland Officials Education Liaison Officer, Trish Kinnane.
You may wish to go to your local interclub competition and officiate for a few sessions to see if you enjoy it.
To officiate at a State or National level competitions you will need experience, formal training and qualifications.
Queensland Training Courses:
Training courses for officials are conducted each year and cover the Track, Jumps, Throws, Technical (equipment) and Walks. More information.....
When demand is high training courses in both Photo-Finish and Hy-Tek Meet Manager are conducted.
For more information please contact the Queensland Officials Education Liaison Officer Trish Kinnane.
Roles of the Official
There are many roles that an official can carry out throughout their time in athletics from Track Umpire through to Competition Director, a comprehensive list of these roles and the duties within the role can be found here.
Resources that officials may need to access so they can fulfill their roles and responsibilities can be found here.
For any further clarification about the roles of the Official please see the current IAAF Handbook which can be downloaded from the Rules and Regulations page on the IAAF website.
Queensland Athletics provides officials for School Athletics Events (both Track & Field and Cross Country) through the Brisbane Athletics Officials Club.
These officials are all Accredited Athletics Officials with a minimum of C Level qualifications, most of these officials have both National and International Officiating experience.