The Self-Funded Technical Officials (SFTO) Program by ITU has been actively supported by our TOs in TAS. One of the requirements to be validated as National Technical Official (also known as a Level 1 TO) is to serve in an ITU race. This SFTO program is one of the avenues for our TOs to either get themselves validated or to add to their list of officiating experiences.
“Technical officials with appropriate credentials for the level of the particular completion and in good standings with their federations are encouraged to apply for the programme. While requiring to fund all expenses including accommodation and travel, the programme extends their experience and knowledge through ITU events worldwide.” (source: www.triathlon.org)
TAS is the first country in Asia to be awarded the Accredited Technical Officials’ Education Programme (ATOEP) followed by Japan & Korea. NFs with ATOEP status may certify their TOs up to NTO level. “We will upkeep our level of TO education to match those provided by ITU, so as to produce professionally trained TOs ready to serve not only at national events, but up to international level, says David Hoong, President of TAS and also a Level 3 TO with ITU.
The past 2 weeks saw 2 overseas race venues with our SFTOs officiating:-
2018 Subic Bay NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup –
2018 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup –
Jenny Wee, Joey Sin, Peter Chua, Sharon Khoo & Vivian Chee