The team of 245 National Technical Officials for the athletics and para-athletics competition at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham has been announced.
The track and field schedule begins on 30 July with the men’s and women’s marathon and concludes with the final day of action at the Alexander Stadium on 7 August.
The National Technical Officials team contains 163 representatives from England and – as with all major international events – there is also an overseeing team of International Technical Officials who have been selected; they will travel from 15 other Commonwealth nations and territories across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Americas.
It boasts an inspiring blend of highly experienced officials and exciting young talent making their debuts on the international stage.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be speaking exclusively with some of the English officials selected to find out exactly what it means to them to be representing their country and the sport at Birmingham 2022 and how they became involved in officiating.
Many, including Sally Delgado who will be managing the Technical Information Centre at the Games, have already been providing their outstanding officiating expertise and knowledge at England Athletics’ indoor championships so far this year.
Sally, who started officiating in 2010, said:
“The Commonwealth Games is going to be a great showcase for us all, I believe. And the fact that it’s in Birmingham which is central to the country where everyone can get to is great and we have a new [Alexander] stadium. To see some of the world’s best athletes being showcased is going to get everyone’s focus and hopefully get people inspired.”
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Chris Jones, CEO of England Athletics, said:
“We talk about the passion, dedication, and commitment of athletes along their ‘journey to 2022’, and these volunteer officials have also dedicated their lives to the sport of athletics which simply wouldn’t function without them. We should be equally as proud of their achievement in being selected for Birmingham 2022 – we congratulate them all and wish them well for the summer.”
Excitement for the first major multi-sport event to take place on home soil in a decade is building with many of these selected officials getting the best possible preparation, including at our own England Athletics national championships during the indoor and outdoor season.
“Other trained officials and volunteers will also be devoting their time during 2022 to support athletes of all abilities and backgrounds during the domestic season and the selection of these specific individuals is symbolic of a much wider effort that is a special aspect of our great sport.”
At England Athletics, we are working hard with our partners at UK Athletics and the other Home Country Athletics Federations to deliver a programme of high-quality officiating opportunities as a key focus of our strategic plan through to 2032 to drive growth in the number of trained officials and develop those already in the sport to ensure capacity, both now and in the future.