1 September 2017
43 NSW Officials honoured with Commonwealth Games appointment
Next April dozens of NSW athletes will proudly represent Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Standing alongside them, just as proud, will be many volunteer NSW technical officials, that have given as much time and commitment to preparing for the Games as the athletes.
Forty-three NSW officials will have the honour of officiating at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In addition, dozens of other NSW people will also be Sports Specific Volunteers, working along-side the Technical Officials.
We congratulate two of the most senior appointments - Kirsten Croker and Kim Owens. Croker is an international appointment by the IAAF as Assistant Chief International Race-Walking Judge, while Owens will be one of four meeting managers who will report to Khan Sharp the competition director. Former Athletics NSW employee, Andrew Matthews overseas all operations as the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Competition Manager, as role he has been in since 2016. Three other NSW officials appointed as chiefs are: Barry Pecar, Peter Higgins and Tony Okulicz.
Athletics NSW board member, Peter Higgins, who will be the chief starters’ assistant, was humbled by the opportunity.
“My very first feeling was one of humility. Australia is fortunate to have a pool of officials which collectively are the best in the world. Not everyone who nominated for the Games was selected to officiate, so to be chosen from a group of hard working, capable, and talented officials made me feel very humble. I have a leadership role so it made me think straightaway about ways to make it enjoyable and rewarding for the people in my team, and of course how to fit within a larger team to ensure we deliver “the best Games ever”. It also made me think it was a culmination of a lifetime of involvement with athletics.”
But like so many of our quality officials, Higgins sees the big picture too.
“My philosophy is to provide an experience for athletes and spectators that highlights what a fantastic, diverse, and addictive sport that we are part of; whether an athlete, a coach, administrator, media commentator, or official, we are all part of the Athletics family. It is a privilege and a huge responsibility to be an official; we deliver the environment that athletes compete in, as well as interpreting the rules as provided by the IAAF in a fair and accurate manner, and to be easily approachable for athletes. Personally - I have done this for many hours, over many years, to serve as a volunteer so that I can help young people achieve their dreams, and importantly, give something back to an endeavour that is equally a lifestyle and a sport.”
It would be fair to say, Janine Mladin has endured a tougher road than most of us over the last few years. A survivor of brain cancer, she lines up as a post event control technical judge. She is honoured and highly values this special opportunity.
"After having my own personal challenges in life, I certainly feel very privileged to have received the email that I have been selected as a National Technical Official, for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
"Officials, like athletes are very proud to have this opportunity of representing Australia. It will be fantastic to work alongside so many other officials who have a positive mindset and work ethic. So, no matter whether we're working, training or resting, it will be awesome to be part of this wonderful group of officials! "
Making the leap from athlete to official at this level is Katrina Morrow, who as Katrina Gibbs, won gold at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in the high jump and also competed at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
“Being selected in any team is something you never take for granted,” noted Morrow. “Since we began officiating, my husband David and I, have enjoyed working alongside each other to build our experience and learning. Being selected for Commonwealth Games has been a bonus for us both and it means so much more that we will both be able to share this experience.”
While we congratulate our appointed technical officials; we also wish to recognized and thank the many fine and hard-working officials who have missed an appointment. To them we also thank you for your significant volunteer contribution to the sport that without, we could not conduct this sport. THANK YOU.
David Tarbotton and Ron Bendall for Athletics NSW
Images: NSW officials Peter Higgins, Jannie Mladin and Katrina Morrow (image courtesy of David Tarbotton)
2018 Commonwealth Games - NSW officials to International and Technical Officials Appointments
International (IAAF) Appointments
Kirsten Crocker Assistant Chief International Race-Walking Judge
National Technical Official (NTO) Appointments
Kim Owens Meeting Manager
Audrey Cortez-Smyth Technical Information Centre Assistant Managers
Laurie Keaton Secretary of the Jury
Rob Blackadder Technical Manager
Marc Ambat Technical Judge
Ron Richter Technical Judge
James Stammers Technical Judge
Kirsten Crocker Call Room Assistant Chief Judges
Ellen Coker Call Room Judge
Titania Oberg Call Room Judge
Elizabeth Radley Call Room Judge
Garth Pereira Call Room Judge
Jeannette Richter Call Room Judge
Dennis Coker Post Event Control Assistant Manager
John Munro Post Event Control Judges
Janine Mladin Post Event Control Judges
Jodie Sundstrom Post Event Control Judges
John Morris Assistant Track Referee/Assistant Video Ref
Barry Pecar Assistant Chief Umpire
Neville Fenn Umpire/Lapscorer
Marguerite Gregan Umpire/Lapscorer
Tracey Grozdanis Umpire/Lapscorer
Michael Halmy Umpire/Lapscorer
David Higgins Umpire/Lapscorer
Elly Jones Photo Finish Judge
Del Warrick Start Area Coordinator
David Bryan Starter/Recaller
Peter Higgins Chief Starters Assistant
Murray Gaudin Starters Assistant
Carmel McCudden Starters Assistant
Tony Okulicz Chief Field Judge
Steven Dunn Field Judge
Ann Grimm Field Judge
Elizabeth Jones Field Judge
Steve Larsen Field Judge
David Morrow Field Judge
Katrina Morrow Field Judge
Linda O’Brien Field Judge
Peter Reynolds Field Judge
Kim Robinson Field Judge
Graham Kearns Field Judges- TSR Operator
Rob Jones Field Judges- EDM Operator
Graham Dwight Field Judges- EDM Operator