Officials are very important to the effective functioning of Athletics in South Australia. The primary role of Officials is to oversee athletics competition by conducting events through the enforcement of the specific rules of the particular competition and the rules of the IAAF. Given the diversity of athletics, there are a large number of different roles and positions that are available to officials. Some require technical knowledge and experiences, whilst others are fairly basic and require limited understanding of athletics. For example, working in photo finish requires training, whereas raking a long jump pit obviously requires virtually no experience.
In short, there is something for everyone, no matter your level of experience with athletics.
Officiating within the South Australian Athletics competition is flexible. Registered Officials can attend as many or as few events based on their circumstances. Even if you are only able to come to one or two events per year or help out once a month, there is an opportunity for you to be a part of the South Australian Athletics community.
Officiating in South Australia can provide many benefits including:
- The opportunity to remain involved in athletics if a person is unable to compete
- An opportunity to socialise with like-minded individuals
- The ability to be involved in, and give back to, a community focused organisation
- Assist athletes to perform at their best and achieve their goals and dreams
- The opportunity to officiate at National Athletics Events and Championships
- The ability to progress to International competition such as the Olympic Games for those with greater ambitions