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Rob Dalziel achieves Level 5 Officials qualification

Rob Dalziel

Many congratulations to Rob Dalziel on achieving his Level 5 Officials qualification!  This is the highest level in the UK!

Rob has been volunteering in athletics as an official since his daughters joined the club in 2006 and has been attending athletic events all over the country ever since.

Here's a glimpse of 'Rob's Athletic Officials Journey'  (by Rob Dalziel) .......

My first “taste” of athletics officiating came in 2006 when my daughter joined Law & District AAC and as a parent I would go along to watch her compete for the Club and was asked assist with officiating as a Parent Helper. For the next 2 years, I assisted at various league meetings across Scotland in all manner of officiating duties in both track & field. I took my first tentative steps into “proper” officiating in 2008 and undertook a Level2 Track Officials, and attended my first Scottish Championship meeting as an official in May 2008 at Meadowbank in Edinburgh. Working at all Scottish Championships that Summer I was humbled to be awarded with the Newcomer to Officiating Award by Scottish Athletics and received this at the Awards Dinner in Glasgow where I also got the chance to meet Paula Radcliffe who was the guest of honour on the night.

The next few years saw me gaining experience by working at athletic meetings at all levels from local league and open graded meetings to the Senior Scottish Championships. In January 2010 I attended my first UK Meeting, the Aviva International at the Kelvin Hall, where my duties were working in the Call Room and amongst the athletes I dealt with that day I recall a speaking with a young lady by the name of Jessica Ennis.

In the Autumn of 2011 I became a Level 3 Track Official, which meant I was now able to be selected to work at top level UKA meetings across the UK; the first of which I attended was the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May 2012.
I am now a Level 4 Official and continue to officiate both locally and further afield across the UK attending between 30 and 40 meetings per year; biggest highlight to date was without doubt working as a Chief Track Umpire at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow which saw me trackside for every athletics session, the atmosphere within Hampden Stadium was tremendous and the noise that rolled down from the stands and onto the track sent shivers down my spine. On the final night of athletics I was in charge of the last take over for the final of the men’s 4 x 100m and having sole responsibility for ensuring Usain Bolt was behaving and ready to run (no easy task), but what a way to finish!

I was Track Referee at the British Championships in Birmingham in the summer of 2015, and returned to the same event in summer 2016 as Meeting Manager.

During the summer 2017 I spent a long period of time in London where I was selected to perform the role of Chief Umpire for both the Para-Athletic Championships and World Athletic Championships at The Queen Elizabeth Park Stadium.

In November 2017 I received the Sport Scotland Award for Official of the Year, which was awesome.

This summer I again spent days in London officiating at London Anniversary Games and recently received the fantastic news that I passed my Level 5 Officials exam.