There is a lot a fun and satisfaction in being an official at athletics events. It is great seeing athletes in action up close, and satisfying to know that you have helped to ensure that the competition is held in accordance with best practice. Athletics competitions and races can only take place when there are enough helpers and officials to make it happen.
There are opportunities to help out at track and field events held in a stadium, and also for “out of stadia” events such as cross-country races and road races. However, we need the most numbers of helpers and officials for track and field competition.
Athletics New Zealand has published an illustration showing the typical pathway for someone who begins by helping out at a club event, and then progresses through various levels of training and experience as a graded official. See:
When there is sufficient demand, we can schedule training to help develop new officials.
If you are interested in gaining some initial experience or attending training towards becoming an official, please email Vaughan Oates, our Senior Technical Official, at: firstname.lastname@example.org