Interview with award winning young official
Chloe Williams is a young official based in Kent. As well as a number of local officials, she's also been supported on her officiating journey by June Swift - England Athletics National Development Officer for Volunteers, Young People and Officials, who first met Chloe at the Youth Sports Trust talent camp.
June told us, "Chloe's dream was to officiate at the World Championships in London. I’m delighted to say that all her hard work and determination has paid off and she has achieved her dream and been selected to officiate at the event."
18-year-old Chloe recently won the inaugural David Holder Memorial Trophy for Young Official of the Year in Kent. Following the death of popular senior technical official Dave Holder last year, the trophy was created in his memory (click here to read our news article). We asked her a few questions about becoming a Technical Official.
How did you get into officiating?
I originally started in athletics as an athlete, competing in the throws events. My dad started officiating and after I saw what he had to do, I decided I wanted to give it a go. It also interested me to see a different side to athletics, not just the competitive side. So in 2014 I took the [then] Level 2 officiating course and have been officiating ever since.
What’s the most enjoyable part of officiating?
The most enjoyable side to officiating is working with the other officials and having a laugh with them. I also enjoy watching the development in an athlete’s competition. I enjoy that because I get to see how my friends improve in the different competions and also I get to be there when they achieve PBs.
How has officiating developed you as a person?
Officiating has helped me improve as a person because I have become more confident and stopped second guessing myself. Before I started officiating I was quite shy and found it difficult to talk to people I didn’t know. But now I have grown in confidence and can talk to people with confidence.
Do you have a role model? If so, who is it and why are they your role model?
Since I got into officiating because of my dad then I suppose he is my role model but I look up to all the different officials I work with. I learn different things from different people and all together it has made me become a better official and person.
What advice would you give anyone who is thinking about starting officiating career?
I would tell someone who is considering getting into officiating, that it is a good experience to do and it will help increase your confidence. Officiating will allow you to make good friendships and experience different opportunities in your county and maybe even nationally.