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There are over 500 qualified Technical Officials in Britain. Technical Officials are people just like you who want to get involved in triathlon by giving back.

The role of volunteer Technical Officials is integral to the success of triathlon events through helping to create safe and fair race experiences, as well as educate competitors and support Event Organisers

#TriLikeMe is a British Triathlon Campaign to show that triathlon is for everyone. Technical Officials are people just like you who want to get involved in triathlon by giving something back. Read the stories below to be inspired and click on the links to view upcoming Technical Officials courses for you chance to become a Technical Official.

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Already involved in officiating? We want to hear from you! Send us your case study via the form at the bottom of this page and don’t forget to use #TriLikeMe when posting about your triathlon experiences on Facebook and Twitter.

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Paul Tillman

Since becoming qualified Motorcycle Official I’ve really got the bug and just love being involved with it! As a Moto Official we accompany the cyclists around the course ensuring that all the athletes are safe and that they compete in a fair way. I’d never had contact with triathlon before being involved as a Moto Official, but I really enjoy the whole event atmosphere.

Each event that I get to compete at is a highlight, whether it’s a small children’s event or a national one with thousands of competitors. The best bit is to witness the hard work and effort that the competitors put into getting around the course, and the pleasure you get from seeing them after the race as they’ve achieved the goal is incredible.

If you enjoy riding a motorbike then this is a great way to try something a little bit different. #TriLikeMe and get involved!

Check out our Motorcycle Official Course to #TriLikePaul

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Helen Cooney

I’ve been competing in triathlon for the past 6 years and have absolutely loved it, but decided that as my legs were starting to complain about competing, I would stay involved with triathlon and look to support participants the same way officials had supported me as a competitor. I’m looking forward to opportunities to develop my skills and gain experience to support local events and progress on the officials pathway.

I have just completed my first year as a qualified official with my highlight being at the Deva Triathlon, where I was able to watch the sun rise over the misty River Dee. I couldn’t think of a better place to be, officiating may mean some early starts, but it is definitely worth it!

If you love being out and about, helping people achieve their aims, and are a determined and positive person, #TriLikeMe and become an official. Don’t worry about knowing all the rules at the start; the training and support will give you everything you need.

Check out our Local Technical Official Courses to #TriLikeHelen

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Ross Crombie

I became a Technical Official so that I could get a deeper understanding of the rules of triathlon in order for me to better support my club members. I also wanted to be able to give something back to the sport which has helped me so much in life and with my fitness.

The opportunity to increase my officiating experience and work towards becoming an international level official is a real benefit to becoming an official. There is an established pathway of education and increased responsibility and I want to progress and hopefully inspire other members of my club (and you) to become officials.

I love so many different things about being a Technical Official. Visiting new events across the country, being able to pick up tips from the competitors and learning about events from the organisers, supporting and guiding young athletes about the rules, as well as my club members.

Technical Officiating will open your eyes to a different triathlon world. You can choose how much time you devote to it and everyone is so helpful and friendly. You’ll definitely find officiating rewarding and there are so many different events to explore. My advice is to simply #TriLikeMe, book on a course and give something back to the best sport in the world!

Check out our Local Technical Official Courses to #TriLikeRoss

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Anthony Shaw

After years of taking part in triathlon events and being looked after by Technical Officials, event organisers, staff and volunteers, I decided it was time to give something back! I decided on officiating because through learning more about the sport I would be able to help others to be the best they can be.

Being a Technical Official gives such a great opportunity to support other people as they compete in triathlon. We get to help educate and guide competitors, as well as chat to event organisers as they develop their races to help them be as good as possible. When we get to officiate at larger events it’s also really nice to serve as part of an officiating team, supporting and learning from each other.

The fact that there are progression routes available make officiating a really attractive way to stay involved with triathlon. You start of with local events and if you want to can then qualify and gain experience to officiate at larger events. This year, as well as supporting the local events in my area, I’ve been able to officiate as part of the team at the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup at Eton Dorney.

If you want to #TriLikeMe, then just book on a course and give it a go! You’ll never know if you enjoy it or not until you’ve tried. You get to meet loads of new people and support novices, children and experienced athletes alike.

Check out our Local Technical Official Courses to #TriLikeAnthony

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Heidi Elliott

My inspiration was my husband who was a Technical Official before I was.  I’d watched and support him and he really enjoyed it, so I thought why not get involved myself! Since becoming an official I’ve loved being involved with and seeing the other side of the events.

When you’re outside of the ‘competitor bubble’ you get to enjoy seeing people from all abilities taking part, as well as see everyone as they complete their race and achieve their goals. You get one perspective as a competitor, but a very different one as an official.

I was part of the officiating team at the 2018 School Games and it was a great experience to be part of a team, as well as to witness all the new talent that has come through the system. This has definitely been my highlight because you really feel like you’re supporting them in their triathlon journey, it was also my first event as a fully qualified official.

I still compete in triathlons (yes you can do both, just not at the same time!) and I think that being a Technical Official aids my racing, and my racing definitely compliments my officiating. If you want to #TriLikeMe and get involved with triathlon officiating, then book onto a course and start the journey to getting yourself qualified!

Check out our Local Technical Official Courses to #TriLikeHeidi

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Andrew Porte

I stumbled upon Technical Officiating one day, read through the role and thought it sounded interesting so why not give it a go! I’m so glad that I did because it’s really interesting and so much fun!

At the events you get to meet a whole range of people all with different stories and backgrounds. That’s one great thing about triathlons, that you get a load of different people who all come together in the same place with the same aim. Every race is different and that keeps it fresh and interesting, but there is always a buzz around the transition area that you can feel amongst the competitors.

I’m still a racer, I just do it slowly to get my money’s worth! Being able to give something back to a sport that has given me so much is a real privilege and I find that when I officiate I get inspired to race again myself!

All I can say is #TriLikeMe and become an official! Come and speak to one of us at your next event and we’ll be able to tell you all about officiating.

Check out our Local Technical Official Courses to #TriLikeAndrew

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