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 Wellington will provide regular opportunities to become a qualified official through Officials Education
Upcoming Officials Education Courses
Photo Finish Training
Sunday 16 October  – Palmerston North


Upcoming General Course Information Dates
Held at Waiora Hub,  Alex Moore Park Johnsonville – 6.00pm  – 9.00pm 
Course materials and refreshment provided 

Wednesdays October 19th and  26 November 2nd, 9th & 16th 
You can Register your Interest in attending to Eddie at LINK

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.

If you are interested in becoming an official, 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 our Officials Lead Vaughan Oates, our Senior Technical Official, at: