Officials - Yorkshire & Humber

Officials - Yorkshire & Humber

This page is for your point of contact with the elected Regional Council system covering Officials' matters. It is set up to allow you to know who is responsible for this subject area (which we call a Portfolio) in Yorkshire & Humber. We intend to increase the content of the page once the system is fully up and running with content like news items relevant to the portfolio either in the region or more widely and details of the matters you seem most concerned with from your feedback. The regional councillor heading up the officials' portfolio in Yorkshire & Humber is profiled below.

Getting in touch

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Dr Moira Gallagher MBE

Moira has fulfilled this role since the Regional Council began having been first a co-opted and then an elected Councillor. Her involvement is because she sees the development of athletics at grass roots level as being vital if the sport is to thrive. Officials are a very important part of the sport as they enable competition to take place.

Moira has been an athletics official since 1970 and has officiated at many events at all level including the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and Glasgow, the IPC World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand and both Olympics and Paralympics in London. This wide range of events from club/school upwards still continues and also includes endurance and race walking. Her involvement in Para-athletics began in 1975.

Acting as a tutor for all levels is another way in which she is involved and recently she has been part of the team re-designing the Level 1 Tutor training course to make it more interactive and more interesting for those attending.

In the past she has been both an athlete and a coach, coaching the British Paraplegic Track Team for about 8 years in the 1980s. Administrative duties began whilst still at school when she became a club committee member and have continued in many places since! Altogether she has a vast amount of experience within the sport.

As Chair of the UKA Track and Field Officials’ Education and Training sub group she is involved in the education and assessment system for officials from attendance at a Level 1 course through to Level 4 and Management level. This is also reflected in the North where she leads work on the development of officials who wish to progress to the higher levels of the system as well as offering advice to those in the early stages. In addition Moira coordinates all the applications for Level 4 both in the North and Nationally.

The activities mentioned here filter down to the region but due to the change in structures and withdrawal of funding over the years it is not possible to have the sort of development plan which she used to work out with the Regional Manager in the early days of the region.