Norm Mackie - Athletics ACT Life Member

Published Wed 14 Sep 2022

Last Sunday Athletics ACT held its Annual General Meeting.

During the AGM Athletics ACT were pleased to award Life Membership to Norm Mackie. 

Norm has devoted the better part of 45 years to our sport of Athletics across both the ACT and NSW commencing in 1978 with a new Little Athletics club at Coonamble where he served on their Committee cooking sausages and managing the equipment.

Norm and his family moved to Canberra in 1980 where he joined the Woden Little Athletics Club and served various roles as a committee member, official, and team manager.

During the 1980s Norm progressed to Senior Athletics where, rather interestingly, he officiated at field events.

In 1989 Norm paid $20.00 to Mal Davies, one of Canberra’s highly qualified and respected Starters, to learn the art of Race Starting and during the 1990s worked with a team of 8 Starters at all athletics events conducted in the ACT.

During this period Norm also commenced a 25-year association with professional running where he was the Starter for handicap races in Sydney, Newcastle, and throughout country NSW where he sometimes traveled up to 1,000km to officiate at events.

For the past 17 years Norm has been a regular Technical Official at AACT events, Primary and Secondary Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals, and the annual ‘Summer Down Under’ Wheelchair Series.  He has also been selected to officiate at State and National Championship events for Juniors, Seniors, and Masters in Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney on numerous occasions.

Earlier this year Norm was awarded a ‘Platinum Service Pin’ by Athletics Australia for more than 40 years’ service to our sport.

It gives Athletics ACT great pleasure to bestow Life Membership of Athletics ACT on Norm Mackie for his outstanding contribution to our sport of Athletics.

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