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5 Welsh Officials selected for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

28/04/2022 00:00, I Mewn Blog / Commonwealth Games /

This summer FIVE or our Welsh Athletics Officials have been selected to officate at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Zoe Holloway, Officials and Volunteer Development Officer commented:

 “I would like to congratulate our five Welsh Officials who have been selected at this summer Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in various roles. Selection for an international event of this scale is a wonderful achievement and well deserved for our hard-working officials”.  

Here are the five Officials going to the Commonwealth Games and this is what they had to say… 

Dave Jessett

“I have officiated at Welsh Athletics competitions since 1995.  

My role at the Commonwealth Games is as one of the International Technical Officials, specifically as one of the Field Referees.  

Being on the panel of International Technical Officials for both European Athletics and World Para Athletics, I have officiated at European and World Championships, as well as at a number of global Games, including Commonwealth, Para Pan-American, Asian Para, Olympic and Paralympic Games”.  

Sue Maughan  

Has been selected for the role of National Technical Delegate.  

An overview of the role " Oversee overall organisation from appointment to completion of competition reports; during the competition be a point of contact for the Competition Director, assisting them with the flow of athletes and the conduct of competition".  

“I've been officiating since 1988, first qualifying when a student and progressing to Level 4 in 2009. I've had the privilege of officiating at all the major UK based athletics competitions since 2012, from the Olympics and Paralympics (2012) and Commonwealth Games (2014). I've been field referee (European Para Championships, 2014), lead field judge (World & World Para Championships, 2017; World Indoor Championships 2018) and combined events referee (European Indoor Championships 2019).  I'm delighted to be taking on this prestigious role and hope to experience the Welsh National anthem being played in the athletics stadium this summer.

Sue Hooper  

“I joined Cardiff AC when I was 11 years old in 1973, I competed into my early 50's. I started part time officiating around 15 years ago to give something back to the sport but when I stopped competing, I took on the officiating role full time.  Working my way up to a Level 4 Starter Assistant.  I have been a Level 4 for 4 years and officiated a various Grand Prix & British Championships event both indoor and outdoor. 

The CWG will be my greatest achievement to date as an official, to say I was surprised to gain a SA role is an understatement but a great privilege and one I am so looking forward to doing. 

I have gained vast friendships throughout my competing and officiating experiences and continue to do so. The WA/UKA officiating community is an extended family to myself and many others”. 

Amy Price  

“My name is Amy and I am a PE teacher from Torfaen (but currently residing in Qatar)! I began officiating to fill in the time in between competing in events back in 2011. The more I officiated, the more I enjoyed it and, once I was old enough, I completed my Level 1 field judge course. From this point on I developed a desire to become a National List official and to officiate at the biggest events. I qualified as a Level 4 judge in 2018, having successfully judged at the Para-Athletics and World Athletics World Championships in 2017. Since then, other big events I have judged at include British Championships, Diamond League meetings and the European Indoor Championships in 2019. I also officiate at Welsh Athletics meetings and support grassroots meeting across Wales and England. In Birmingham I will be a field judge so could be spotted at any of the field events in any number of roles. I am very excited to contribute to another excellent international event hosted in Britain and am very grateful for the opportunity”. 

Becky Gibbs  

“My name is Becky and I’m a primary school teacher from Torfaen. At the Commonwealth Games I will be a field judge so could be doing any number of roles within a team of officials. I started officiating in 2016 after Amy, who is also going to the commonwealths, needed more help at an event she was refereeing. I went along to hold a flag and within a year I had progressed to Level 3! I’ve never been involved with athletics (or even sport) before but I really enjoyed the roles and meeting new people.  In 2019 I become a level 4 field official and due to covid have only attended the indoor and outdoor British Championships but this will be my first International event as a level 4!”  

Zoe Holloway added:

“During the last two years the sport has been challenged to adapt because of the Covid-19 pandemic but our committed Officials have adapted hugely during this time and are now deservedly rewarded for doing so. I wish them all the best of luck for a successful and enjoyable Games.” 

For more information on how to become an Official, click here and to keep up-to-date with our latest news on Birmingham 2022, click here.