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Meet the Technical Officials

Hosting a successful triathlon requires the help of numerous people, from race directors to lifeguards and people who set up and pack down all the necessary equipment. Perhaps one of the most important, yet least recognised, roles is that of the Technical Officials. TOs are also volunteers and are responsible for ensuring that the race is run in accordance with the Triathlon Australia Race Competition Rules. These TOs give back to the sport they love by volunteering, and help ensure an atmosphere of sportsmanship, equality and fair play. We appreciate the work of these TOs in ensuring the safety and protection of everyone racing, and so we reached out to some of our TO network to get to know them and how they got involved in the job.

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DEANNA WATERS

 

How long have you been a technical official?

5 years

Why did you choose to become a technical official?

I had some medical issues but wanted to stay connected to the sport so decided to give it a go.

What’s the best part about being a TO?

It’s a great way to give back to the sport and you meet some amazing people from all types of backgrounds.  Everyone is generally so supportive and athletes are thankful of the contribution you make. I also think many of the skills you learn that are transferable into everyday life – dealing with people, thinking and adapting on the run, public speaking.

Do you have a favourite event, and why?

Club champs – it’s the one opportunity on the race calendar where you get to race and officiate for a team.  The vibe at club champs is completely different to other events.

What’s the funniest thing you have seen on the field of play?

At an event in Melbourne I spoke to a lady on the bike about having headphones and suggested she remove them – she responded “oh I was just on the phone to my mother” – during a race. 

Do you have any aspirations for your future as a technical official?

I love giving back so helping new technical officials gain confidence and I love kids events – they are so carefree and just seeing kids out exercising and having a great time is very rewarding.

Will you be officiating at the Club Championships on 19th September?

Absolutely.

What would you say to anyone thinking of becoming a technical official?

Give it a go – and when opportunities present themselves get out of your comfort zone and try!!! Within the NSW Technical Program there is a wealth of experience so you are never on your own, there are always people around to bounce ideas of and ask if you are not sure.

Thanks Deanna for your time & commitment to the sport through your role as a TO and also through your position on the TNSW Technical Committee. 

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Jess Edwards

JESSICA EDWARDS

 

How long have you been a technical official?

6 months

Why did you choose to become a technical official?

I wanted to give back to my club at TriNSW Club Championships, I knew after IMOZ the last thing I would be interested in is racing, and I wanted to put my skills to good use. So being a TO was a pretty logical choice, that and 10 points for the club!

What’s the best part about being a TO?

In transition with the beginners at the participation events. I love trying to get people to keep coming back.

Do you have a favourite event, and why?

I love my club's race series (Hills Tri Club). We try to cater for everyone in a friendly environment and still in Sydney metro!

What’s the funniest thing you have seen on the field of play?

People going out onto the run still wearing bike helmets, people going out onto the bike with a swim cap on underneath their bike helmet!

Do you have any aspirations for your future as a technical official?

Not really, I’m happy at club level at the moment, as I am also an athlete and would prefer it stay that way! J

Will you be officiating at the Club Championships on 19th September?

Yes

What would you say to anyone thinking of becoming a technical official?

Do it, it’s a great way to give back to your club (at Club Champs) and your sport in general.

Thanks Jess for your dedication to the sport and we'll see you at Club Champs!

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For more information on becoming a Technical Official through a FREE online course, click here or email technical@trinsw.org.au.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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