Victorian official Khan Sharp is one of four Australian’s named this month to join the IAAF International Technical Officials panel.
The IAAF Panel of International Technical Officials is a four-year posting, with the group to again be determined in 2017.
Sharp was the Competition Director at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, and has since officiated a bounty of 8 Dating advice tips national and international events including multiple Australian Athletics Championships and Australian Athletics Tour events.
The position is the highest achievement in officiating internationally and the announcement makes Australia, together with Portugal the most represented country in the group of 46.
Sharp along with Queenslanders Peter Hamilton and Helen Roberts joins Tasmanian Brian Roe who is one of two ‘ex-officio’ leaders of the Panel along with IAAF Technical Committee Chair Jorge Salcedo of Portugal.
Roe (from 1987) and Hamilton (since 2001) have represented Australia on the Panel previously with Sharp and Roberts joining them for the first time after securing places following an extensive seminar and examination process in London in mid-October.
Roberts has become the first Australian woman to achieve ITO rank, with her inclusion on the panel ensuring green and gold representation from both sexes for the first time.
Victorian Richard Lawsyz also successfully undertook the evaluation but due to a limit of three officials from any one country outside the ex-officio members was the unlucky one to miss out for the next four years.
“This is a huge result for Australia, and a testament to the knowledge and professionalism of our officiating community. I congratulate Brian, Peter, Khan and Helen on this huge achievement,” Andrew Matthews, Athletics Australia Competitions Manager, said.
“It brings the number of our international panel members up to six – with Janet Nixon (NSW) and Wayne Fletcher (TAS) currently serving terms on the IAAF Photo Finish and Race Walking Judge Panels respectively.
“Officials are vital to the success of the Australian domestic season and athletics across the country at all levels, with so many funding their own travel and accommodation to assist our athletes in competing in the best possible environments. With the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the horizon, it is our hope that the number involved will continue to increase and that the level of officiating continues to be amazing.”