It’s been a while since I’ve since I’ve had time to write a blog with my A-level exams, but now I’m back! I’ve spent my first exam free weekend officiating. Saturday started bright and early at the final NOTAN quadkids at Whitley bay. This year has been the first year I’ve helped at these meetings and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. The standard if competition was as high as ever with some close finishes on the track and records being broke on the field. Sunday was an even earlier start as I had been appointed to the Northern Inter County Championships in Hull, just to add a little more pressure I was on report for my upgrade from a level 2 official to level 3. I arrived at the stadium fueled by McDonald's (that well known athlete food) to receive my duty sheet and briefing. I started my day on the judges stand for the hurdles before moving around to various umpiring positions so I could be assessed in all the main duties.
One of the best things about being an official is the camaraderie among the team, even at meetings like the inter counties where there's officials from all over the North. I am also pleased to report that I have now passed my assessment and am now one step closer to my level 3. This weekend was only the start for me as I’ve now got a masters meeting later followed by a schools meeting on Tuesday before I pack my bags to travel to English Schools on Thursday with the Northumberland team.
I’m Dominic Ellis, I’m 17 and a proud member of Houghton Harriers. I have been involved in athletics for 6 years, though, I had a spell of not competing until I moved to Houghton 2 years ago. My athletics involvement comprises of being a competing athlete, UKA Technical official and an athletics leader. I’ve settled on being a mediocre 400m runner and a discus thrower, after trying every event except for hurdles and pole vault. I became an official just over a year ago, and have absolutely loved it. I am now a level 2 track judge and the youngest official in the North East region. Over the past year I have been given some excellent opportunities such as English Schools and the British Indoor Team Trials. I have also have been helping out with our Under 11 group at Houghton for around 18 months once a week, which is never dull. I’m now sharing my experiences in athletics for all to see