The IAAF has advised that following the recent assessment program held in Paris in October, three Australians have been successful in being nominated to its Panel of International Technical Officials (ITOâ€™s) for the period 2010-2013:
Reg Brandis (Queensland)
Peter Hamilton (NSW)
Richard Lawysz (Victoria).
Both Reg and Peter were existing members and were returned to serve for another term, whilst Richard is a new inclusion to the panel.
In addition the IAAF has determined that Brian Roe (Tasmania) along with Technical Committee Chairman, Jorge Salcedo (Portugal) will return to the Panel after their retirements in 2006 to serve in leadership roles at Olympic Games and World Championships.
This means that Australia will be one of only two nations, along with Portugal, that will have four officials on the 46 member Panel. An impressive number when you think that close to 10% of the worldâ€™s ITOâ€™s are Australianâ€™s.
"This is a great reflection of the high quality of athletics officiating in Australia and the esteem in which our senior officials are held," Athletics Australia Competitions Manager, David Gynther said.
"Each member of the Panel will be appointed to two major international meetings during the four year period as well as being invited to serve as a technical delegate at international one day meets and similar events."
In further good news for Australia's officiating stocks ten of the country's emerging senior officials successfully undertook and passed the IAAF Level II Officiating Diploma Course held earlier this month. The successful candidates were:
Kirsteen Farrance (Victoria)
Caroline Jackman (SA)
Grant McKay (Victoria)
Janet Nixon (NSW)
Tony Okulicz (NSW)
Helen Roberts (Queensland)
Khan Sharp (Victoria)
Simon Ware (Victoria)
Kevin Wigmore (Victoria)
Shaun Wilson (Tasmania)This brings to 27, the number of Australian officials now holding this qualification, the highest general officiating qualification offered and recognised by the IAAF.