Athletes need more officials to fill the gap in Mount Claremont

WA Athletics official Kylee McVee.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
WA Athletics official Kylee McVee. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

ATHLETES both little and large need more officials making sure runs, jumps and throws are correctly measured by WA Athletics at the WA Athletics Stadium in Mount Claremont.

“As an athletics official you are outdoors seeing people achieve their best, and you get a lot of enjoyment from that too,” official Kylee McVee said .

An Alexander Heights resident, Ms McVee has had an eight-season career regulating mainly field sports such as long jumps, shot put and hammer throwing.

She started by volunteering for Little Athletics but training took her to the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast this year.

“I run the competition site on the field, record and measure, and officiate,” she said.

Many of the events are at the Mount Claremont stadium, where athletes of all ages train and compete.

“I’ve seen a man in his 80s break his age’s world record on a Friday night, and women in their 90s doing the hammers throw who, despite not being able to throw it 10m, were having a ball,” Ms McVee said.

However, there is a gap in numbers of those officiating, and Athletics WA is seeking those who can help weekly at the stadium between October and next April.

Training will be provided, and those interested should call 6272 0480 or email info@waathletics.org.au.

More information is in the ‘officials’ section at www.waathletics.org.au.