As with all amateur sporting organisations Illawarra Blue Stars Athletic Club relies very much on the help and expertise of volunteers.
There are many areas of the club where volunteers can assist including:
- taking a position on the management committee
- assisting with club functions or fund raising activities
- helping on club competition days
Club competition days in particular rely very much on volunteers to take out and put away equipment and to assist with the running of all the events. People who assist with officiating are given help and guidance by members who are Athletics Australia accredited technical officials.
Athletics Australia Qualified Technical Officials
The following is an alphabetical listing of Illawarra Blue Stars Athletic Club members who are current Athletics Australia accredited technical officials:
- Neville Fenn
- Ann Grimm
- Janet Munro
- John Munro
- Jodie Sundstrom
- Sue Sundstrom
The following members have also passed officiating exams in recent years:
- Mary Thomas
Becoming a Qualified Athletic Official
As a result of the joint venture agreement between Athletics Australia and Little Athletics Australia, the Australian Athletics Official Education Committee was formed.
The Australian Athletics Officials Education Committee is in the process of developing and implementing 5 new officiating levels creating a transparent pathway for officials from club/school level through to the international level. The levels will be common across all athletics organisations and for the entry levels will involve doing simple online tests at home in your own time.
Levels 1 (basic entry level) and 2 are now up and running.
Information on gaining accreditation can be found on the Athletics NSW website at http://www.nswathletics.org.au/Officials. There is a section on “Officials Education” that provides a link to the Athletics Australia website that explains all about the new system. Alternatively you can go directly to the AA website at http://www.athletics.com.au/Officials/Education.
Candidates will need to be familiar with the relevant sections of the IAAF Competition Rules 2016-2017 Handbook.
This can be downloaded from http://www.iaaf.org/about-iaaf/documents/rules-regulations#rules. Printed copies will be available in Australia sometime in January / February 2016.
IBS encourages all members to consider gaining accreditation at least in their areas of interest.