Every month Little Athletics SA recognises the Official of the Month for their dedication and commitment to the Little Athletics Community. Please see below the following Officials of the Month Winners from July 2023 to November 2023:
Andrew and his family have been actively involved in Little Athletics since the 1996-97 Season. Andrew become an Official as he found satisfaction in contributing to the sport. With his whole family involved in Little Athletics, he believes they collectively experience the same moments, albeit from varying perspectives. His experience as an Official has enabled him to contribute, evolve, and become an integral part of a thriving community. He believes the Officiating community exemplifies the finest qualities of Little Athletics as they are dedicated to helping every athlete reach their full potential and celebrate their achievements. This commitment extends to athletes of all skill levels and abilities. Andrew is looking forward to the 2024 Australian Little Athletics Championships in South Australia, as it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase and support our young athletes. Being an Official means becoming an integral part of the broader Little Athletics Community. If you believe in the importance of a life beyond yourself and install those values in other, Officiating serves as a powerful way to convey that message!
Little Athletics has been apart of Liz’s life for the past 18 years with 16 of those as a State Official! Assisting at a Club level has allowed Liz to realise her passion for Officiating, so she took it to the next step and became a State Official. Liz believes we have a great team of Officials who are passionate about providing excellent service to Little Athletics SA, while also being able to have fun and give back to the community. This will be Liz’s 4th National Competition as she Officiated in 2009 and 2016, which was very rewarding and she was also honoured to be selected as an Official for the 2023 Australian Little Athletics Nationals. Liz has said ‘being a State Official is a great time where you get the best view of all the action on the track. Come along and give it a go!’.
Paul has been involved with Little Athletics for 10 years as a Parent, Committee Member and Club President. Paul became a State Official 3 years ago as he believed it was the next step for him to develop his skills and knowledge of the sport. Paul believes the Officiating community are a great bunch of people who always have time for a good laugh and are helpful, supportive and eager to pass on their knowledge to assist others. Paul is looking forward to seeing some of the best athletes in Australia compete against our talented SA Athletes at the 2023 Australian Little Athletics Championships (ALAC’s)!
Introducing Chris who has been Officiating for 22 years! She first became an Official to learn the rules of the sport as her children participated. Becoming an Official is how Chris chose to support her Children and the Little Athletics Community. She has remained involved in the Little Athletics Community even after her children have completed Little Athletics to help the up-and-coming Champs! For anyone who is wanting to become an Official Chris says ‘Just Do It’. Chris finds gratitude in watching the development of an athlete from a nervous U6 athlete into a confident star can bring you tears of joy as you watch their journey. As an Official, Chris finds pride knowing she has played a small part in the athlete’s journey and the appreciation given by the athletes and parents, has made Chris realise why she Officiates.
Abbie has been involved in Little Athletics for 12 years now and has been Officiating for the last two Seasons. She became an Official due to her love of competition and desire to continue being involved in the sport. She believes everyone in the Official’s community get along well and support one another and that there is still time for great banter and opportunities to learn! Abbie first became an Official when she was 17 and received guidance from all the experienced Officials which helped develop her skills and grow her confidence. If you are wanting to become an Official Abbie highly recommends it!