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Less than 1 week to go until #Unite Officials & Volunteers Conference!

01/03/2021 00:00, In Blog /


We are delighted to announce guest speaker opening the conference will be Mark Munro, UKA Director of Development will be informing about the ‘Athletics Unified strategy 2020-2032’ and the new officials’ strategy.

Mark Munro is the recently appointed Development Director at UKA. Previously the CEO and Head of Development for Scottish Athletics (2011-2021), he is also a board member for sportscotland (national agency for sport in Scotland) and a board trustee of the Athletics Trust Scotland. Involved in athletics all his life north of the border, the former Scottish junior international athlete was the architect for much of the modernisation work that has developed over the last decade in Scotland. Mark is responsible for leading the new Development Team at UKA where he is responsible for officials development, coaching, safeguarding, facilities and clean sport, as well as working alongside the four home countries to support the wider development of the sport in the UK.

Athlete Centred Officiating

A facilitated discussion between athlete and official panel.

Athlete Panel - Adele Nicoll (WA Pathway Senior Athlete - Commonwealth Games Potential), Harrison Walsh (Paralympic Futures Academy), Amelia Hucks & Sadie Mulvaney (WA Junior Athlete Voice representatives)

Official Panel – Rob Hooper (UKA Level 3 Starter), Jeff Mapps (UKA Level 3 Track Judge)

Virtual workshop description

Behind the scenes: Seeding & Results workshop – Darran Williams, Welsh Athletics Competition Officer

“This session will give an oversight into understanding how track races are seeded before the event starts and how the event results are processed. The OpenTrack system is fully automated, and the processes of seeding and collecting results just requires knowledge and familiarity of using the system, the benefit of using the OpenTrack system is that it simplifies the difficult process of splitting athletes fairly, race by race, event by event”.

To review the full timetable and itinerary for the day click here. To register for the event please click here. 

You can register your attendance for the conference by purchasing a free ticket via Eventbrite, there will be the opportunity to attend the whole afternoon or to attend the sessions that interest you the most. All those who have signed up will receive an email with the event Zoom link.

If you would like any further information about the Officials & Volunteers Conference, please email Zoe Holloway at

Don't forget the full Unite Virtual Conference Series is taking place throughout March and April. The conference weekend is usually a highlight in the Welsh Athletics / Run Wales calendar, connecting our communities through learning and celebration, and we will be bringing this to our virtual series that promises to offer something for everyone. It will offer our members the opportunity to share good practice, learn something new, and connect with others from across the various disciplines of our sport – all from the comfort of your home! Below is the list of conference dates, to register your interest in one of these conferences please click below.

Unite Virtual Conference Series Dates:

  • Friday 5th and Saturday 6th March – Run Wales Festival
  • Sunday 7th March – Officials & Volunteers
  • Saturday 13th March – Clubs REGISTER HERE
  • Saturday 27th March - Youth Development Conference (for coaches delivering from fundamental to foundation event group athletics) REGISTER HERE
  • Sunday 28th March – Run Leaders REGISTER  HERE
  • Friday 9th April – Athletics for Schools REGISTER HERE

Take a look at the officials/volunteers well-being calendar for March!