November Officials & Volunteer Spotlight
It has been a busy month for Officials and Volunteers across Wales during November.
Zoe Holloway, Officials and Volunteer Coordinator shared:
In November there have been many noteworthy accomplishments across the Welsh officials and volunteer community. I would like to congratulate everyone, on their very well-deserved recognition and most importantly thank you for your time devoted and passion given to the sport as you are all instrumental in supporting athletics across Wales.
World Indoor Athletics Championships
5 Welsh Athletics Officials have been selected for the 19th edition of the World Indoor Championships taking place in Glasgow, in March 2024.
- Sue Maughan - Competition Director
- Dave Jessett - Chief Field Judge
- Amy Price - Field Judge
- Becky Bell - Field Judge
- Sue Hooper - Starter Assistant
Congratulations, llongyfarchiadau enfawr!
Sue Maughan and Dave Jessett pictured at a Welsh Athletics event.
Welsh Athletics & Run Wales Annual Awards
The Welsh Athletics & Run Wales Annual Awards returned on Saturday the 25 of November for a great evening to celebrate the athletics and running community in Wales.
Joyce Tomala was awarded the title of Services to Club Development, for her commitments to supporting the Youth Development League, competitions throughout East Wales, officials and clubs is fantastic. She works tirelessly supporting not only local league and regional competitions, but Inter-Regional and national competitions and supports the whole UK Youth Development League.
Crispin Backshall was recognised as the Volunteer of the Year. He has showed endless commitment to developing athletics in North Wales. He has been a volunteer for over 20 years at Colwyn Bay coaching, officiating and sitting on the North Wales Regional Council.
Crispin Backshall (2023 Volunteer of the Year)
It was a clean sweep for Newport Harriers in the official awards category. David Gilbert who has recently taken on the lead duties as a track and field official picked up the Newcomer to Officiating award. David has been instrumental in organising courses at the club, encouraging other parents and recruiting new officials to complete their level 1 qualifications.
The Official of the Year award was won by Jasmine Barraclough, for being unfailingly enthusiastic and resourceful and leads a team of officials and engages with athletes in an admirable way. Earlier this season Newport hosted a Midland league match, and this individual was field referee. Despite the many challenges during the day - often equipment focussed- she was pleasant and efficient throughout.
Cardiff Cross Challenge
At the Cardiff Cross Challenge, earlier in November Val Davidson was presented by the Gwent League with the Sheila Crump Memorial Award. Val was presented the award for 27 years of service to the Gwent League.
Val Davidson receives the Sheila Crump Memorial Award.
Officiating Level Upgrades
Congratulations to Rob Hooper who has achieved an upgrade as a UKA Level 4 Starter & Level 4 Starter Assistant Official.