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As part of the new BMXA Board’s ongoing commitment to making improvements in all facets of our sport, a review of the BMXA Officials Courses is being undertaken. There were a number of factors that…

As part of the new BMXA Board’s ongoing commitment to making improvements in all facets of our sport, a review of the BMXA Officials Courses is being undertaken.

There were a number of factors that have led to the timing of the review with influence coming from within the sport and via decisions and processes made by the UCI and the Australia Sports Commission (ASC).

The current BMXA officials courses have now been operational since 2012 and since that time there have been numerous rules changes for which the courses now need to be updated.

The UCI has introduced an Elite National Commissaires Course, which will have the status between that of National and International Commissaire, and it will be possible to attend this Course in Australia in the future. BMXA plans to schedule one of these courses for later in 2017 and also for 2018.

Along with those two strong reasons for review, the ASC is changing the framework for National Sporting Organisations (NSO’s) to receive accreditation for their Coaching and Officials Pathways and the BMXA review is timely to coincide with the change in ASC procedures.

As the review continues and with the above factors in mind, there is going to be some re-structuring of the BMXA Officials Courses.

This will mean that a Level 3 Officials course will not be held at the Australian Championships for the 2nd year in a row.

BMXA President Neil Cameron said the board wanted to provide all officials with a robust best-practice development pathway that compliments their commitment to the sport.

“The sport of BMX in Australia requires well-skilled officials from club to international level,” Cameron said.

“We are very fortunate that we have so many wonderful officials in Australia led by our National Officiating Director Paul Connors and we want to ensure those volunteers get the most out of our sport.

“BMXA is very aware and appreciates the hard work done by all our volunteers, including our officials at all levels and want to make sure that members who would like to become involved as officials at whatever level have up-to-date courses to attend or complete on-line.”

Feedback from the review and dates for prospective courses, including the Elite National Commissaires Courses will be released in due course.