With nominations for the 2019 Triathlon England Awards open, we’ve chatted to John Batchelor about his experience of being awarded Technical Official of the Year 2018.
I really enjoy being able volunteering at events through being a volunteer Technical Official. You get to be up close to the action, helping to educate participants and support Event Organisers in delivering great events! It can be a hard role at times; but to be nominated for, and have won, Technical Official of the Year certainly made me feel appreciated by the triathlon community.
Volunteers across all sports get involved because they want to support the sport and give back; so I think it’s all the more important to thank them and make them feel appreciated, because it’s not what they’re after. Recognising that the sport would be a lesser place without volunteers is definitely an encouragement to thank volunteers and nominate them for the 2019 Triathlon England Awards!
From an Official’s perspective, nominating your Technical Official can be a real encouragement in helping them to develop as an Official. Encouraging a Technical Official can help them to take on additional qualifications, and may even lead to them officiating at World Series or even Olympic events.
If you want to publicly recognise a volunteer who has helped you on your triathlon journey, nominate them for one of the 2019 Triathlon England Awards. There are 10 awards that volunteers can be nominated for:
- Young Volunteer of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Technical Official of the Year
- Children’s Coach of the Year
- Participation Coach of the Year
- Children’s Event of the Year
- Club Event of the Year
- Commercial Event of the Year
- GO TRI Organiser of the Year
- Club of the Year