A senior lecturer in the department of Sport and Physical Activity has officiated at the World Indoor Athletics Championship.

Dean Williams, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education, was appointed as a Chief Judge at the Championships in Birmingham.

He said: “I was delighted to be selected as a Chief Judge for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, particularly so as this is my second World Indoor Championships.

“I have been very fortunate to officiate at world level in several major competitions in recent years. It is always a fantastic experience working with the world’s best athletes in the electric atmosphere of a full stadium.”

Dean lectures on the PE and School Sport degree at Edge Hill University.

“My students are usually inquisitive about what I do and I have done some talks with groups about officiating procedures, behind the scenes of major competitions and why and how we generally do things at world level events, so it can be an education for them also,” he added.

“I often put on an officiating course for the students, which helps when they are organising competitions themselves in their careers following graduation. Some have even gone on to officiate at local club level, which is great to see.”

Dean officiated at the World Athletics Championships in London last summer, where he was referee for Combined Events. This involved having overall responsibility for the Women’s Heptathlon and the Men’s Decathlon events.

In 2012, Dean was Field Referee at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. He went on to be Field Referee at the European Team Championships in 2013, a judge at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and, as a European International Technical Official (ITO), officiating at meetings around Europe.

Last year, Dean was invited to be a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the sport’s National governing body, UK Athletics.

The Technical Advisory Group, amongst its wide remit, is responsible for reviewing the technical needs of competition in the United Kingdom, overseeing the provision for the training, education and technical development of officials,  reviewing the need for technical rule changes in relation to domestic and international rules and receiving and considering applications for UK Records.

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