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international women's day: the officials line - hannah wilson

Hannah Wilson

05 March 2019 

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March every year and is a focal point in the movement of women’s rights.  This year’s campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. 

Athletics prides itself on being a gender balanced sport and our officials play a major part in achieving this, where currently there are 59% male and 41% female officials in the UK.  In support of International Women’s Day 2019, throughout March, we will feature Officials across the UK to celebrate them and their commitment to athletics. 

Hannah Wilson from Hampshire

What is your role as an official?
I am a Track Judge.

How long have you been officiating?
8 Years.

What inspired you to become an official?
My club needed more officials.

What would you say to anyone wanting to get into officiating?
It's great fun and looks good on your CV too.

What has been the highlight of your officiating career?
Seeing some international athletes at open meets and UKWAL matches and volunteering at the London 2017 World Championships.

What can we do as a sport to achieve a #BetterBalance in officiating?
Encourage people from all ages and backgrounds to get involved.

Find out more about International Women's Day here

If you want to get involved in officiating, find out more information here