Tudor on track for international meets

ALMOST THERE: Lilian Tudor.
ALMOST THERE: Lilian Tudor.

Southland athletics official Lilian Tudor hopes to attain an international ranking this spring.

She is one of four New Zealanders selected for the Technical Officials Education Certificate level 2 course on the Gold Coast from September 29 to October 4. The other three are Jim McIlroy and Louise McDonald, of Wellington, and Anthony Curry, of Auckland.

A pass mark would enable Tudor to officiate at international meets in Oceania. Family commitments prevented her from applying for the course four years ago.

Part of the course is rule-book knowledge, including how events are set up, where officials should be positioned, how high hurdles need to be for different age groups, and the distance between each hurdle.

"The ultimate goal is the Commonwealth Games and Olympics," Tudor said.

She is a national technical official for track and field, cross-country and road events.

Tudor has many roles in the south, including Athletics Southland's co-ordinator of officials and track and field, as well as St Paul's Harrier and Amateur Athletics Club treasurer (with husband Henry), junior co-ordinator and life member.

All her work in athletics is voluntary.

"I live and breathe it," she said.

The Tudors own the photo-finish equipment used at Southland athletics events.

The course on the Gold Coast will be Tudor's first overseas trip, requiring her to obtain a passport.

As an athlete, Tudor competed in heptathlons (seven events) and she still holds the girls' under-15 4x100m relay record, set at Surrey Park, Invercargill, in 1982.

She started competitive running in 1978, while softball, football and cricket were among other sports she played at school.

She is employed as a teacher's aide at Southland Boys' High School and arranges physical education programmes for disabled students there.


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