My involvement with Kettering Town Harriers, and athletics in general, started eleven years ago when my daughter joined the Club at the age of twelve. Initially I fulfilled the role of ‘taxi driver’ for my daughter to get to training, but I soon became more involved with the Club as an official and committee member.
My first experience of being an official was helping out with timekeeping duties at a multi-event that the club hosted. I found that I enjoyed doing it and quickly became quite proficient. I soon gained the necessary experience and passed the written and practical exams to become qualified to the equivalent of the current level three.
As a result of this I am able to help at our promoted events at Kettering, plus I travel with the league teams picking up extra points for the teams as well.
I have officiated at well over 20 different venues including the Alexander Stadium, National Indoor Arena and Bedford International Stadium, and I am a regular member of the timekeeping teams for County and Midlands Championships.
Track and Field Athletics needs many officials in order to run a successful meeting, including timekeepers, track judges, field judges and others. It is a very rewarding experience and I would thoroughly recommend anyone who may be considering becoming involved to contact an official at the Club to start the process off.
Remember that without officials no athletics competitions would be able to take place.