Track and Field: Illawarra Blue Stars

Official recognition: John Munro, Ann Grimm and the late Janet Munro at a local athletics meet. Four IBS officials will be part of a very strong contingent from Australia for next year's Commonwealth Games in Queensland.
Official recognition: John Munro, Ann Grimm and the late Janet Munro at a local athletics meet. Four IBS officials will be part of a very strong contingent from Australia for next year's Commonwealth Games in Queensland.

The late Janet Munro of Illawarra Blue Stars will be smiling on the success of IBS officials. A strong advocate of official recognition and also becoming involved in the sport as  a technical official, Janet was the driving force behind the club’s desire to have as many qualified technical officials as possible.

The road to success for an athlete is a hard, committed work ethic with strong support, guidance, learning and developing, and officials are no different.

What a great way to become involved in a sport that can offer this as not only an athlete but as a voluntary person who wishes to develop and be guided in the rules of the competition of the sport.

Our members have the chance to do that and rather than sit on the sideline, IBS encourages people to become involved as officials. It is your choice whether you wish to take it further and become a “representative” official, but it is a road of satisfaction.

Our sport would not survive without officials and we  encourage any person, whether they be a member of the club or not. Janet herself came into IBS by becoming a voluntary official purely because she wanted to do something for the sport .

Our four technical officials have been rewarded with recognition by becoming part of the very strong contingent of officials from Australia for the Commonwealth Games next year in Queensland.

John Munro, Neville Fenn, Ann Grimm and Jodie Sundstrom have given hours to the sport and have officiated at all levels of the sport, but like athletes, they now have achieved the highest level to officiate at an international event of such high standard. We congratulate them all and wish them well.

But like an athlete, you don’t have to strive for this level. You can officiate and learn at club level, and leave it at that. You may wish to go further and officiate at ANSW events if you wish. It is purely your wish  and if time allows. Like our four officials, John came into the sport with his late wife from a soccer background, Neville was a former athlete who had time out and then decided he wished to give back to the sport, Ann came into our club with her highly talented  athletic son and commenced at club level, whilst Jodie is still a competing athlete and also an official.

The path is there for anyone out there who wants to become involved in our sport.  The club will support and guide you. If interested please call  Valmai Loomes on 4262 8498 or mobile 0409 307 325 or Geoff Hynoski on 0437 036 013 an we will put you in contact with our officials co-ordinator. Or you may like to come to IBS Open day next Sunday at 2.30pm at Kerryn McCann and speak to our officials direct. We would love to have you.