Local officials to travel to Commonwealth Games 2014 (Article from Athletics NI website):
Athletics Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Athletics Technical Officials Association (NITOA) are delighted to confirm that 7 local officials have been selected to officiate at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. They are Joy Alexander, Ian Atkinson, Bob Brodie, Pam Brown, Robin Mack, Andrew Minnis, and Philip West.
Our very own ‘Magnificent Seven’ are involved in the Games in several different roles encompassing track and field events and the Jury of Appeal. Of the NITOA members selected, 3 have been appointed to the track team – Ian Atkinson, Andrew Minnis and Philip West. They will be appointed to a variety of duties which could cover wide ranging events from the 100m to the 10,000m.
Experienced track official, Pam Brown, has been appointed to the overall Jury of Appeal, the primary function of which is to rule on any appeals or protests that may arise during the course of the Games which are referred for decision. Joy Alexander, Bob Brodie and Robin Mack are part of the field officiating group which oversees throwing and jumping events. Joy will be acting as one of the Chief Field Officials at the Games, a particularly prestigious honour as she is the only non-Scottish official to have been appointed to this type of role.
In addition to those appointed as Officials for the Games, two members of the NIATOA will be travelling to Glasgow to act as Clyde-siders. Jeanette McClughan and Jan Tynan will be amongst the 15,000 strong team of Clyde-siders who will be volunteering in Glasgow. Support roles appointed to Clyde-siders can be extremely varied including those of Call Stewards, Team Leaders for the athletics Field of Play at Hampden Park, and Marshals for the Marathon. Our two local Clyde-siders are qualified technical officials and will no doubt draw upon their skills and experience to ensure a smooth running and memorable event for both the athletes and the spectators.