Welsh appointed to QLD board


WHITSUNDAY Athletics Club member Catherine Welsh has been appointed one of three positions on the board of Queensland Athletics for North Queensland.

Welsh is joined by two other officials from Cairns and Townsville and said she was surprised to have been nominated for the position.

"I am very proud and feel very humble that people have faith in me," she said.

This appointment is the first time North Queensland has had an equitable representative along with Southern Queensland.

"This decision is absolutely vital to athletics in the north so we can advocate for more sports," Welsh said.

Welsh has also just returned from being a classifier in Mexico for the Parapan American Games in Guadalajara - Mexico's second largest city.

"I was there for 18 days and worked with classifying disabled athletes for events," she said.

"We look at the type of disability they have and what sports they qualify for and what class they fit into."

Welsh was one of two classifiers from Australia and one of 30 classifiers from across the world who attended the event.

"I still found it challenging because I was going through a reaccreditation and being assessed again," she said.

"There was also language difficulties with many of the athletes."

While this was Welsh's first trip to Mexico she is no stranger to international events, having also been apart of the World Para-Olympic Championships in New Zealand in January and working at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006.

Having dedicated 20 years as an official to the Whitsunday Athletics Club, Welsh said she enjoyed the people she gets to work with.

"Within the organisation you work together with people to get a positive outcome," she said.

"Also without the support from parents and volunteers at state and national levels, athletics would not exist."

Welsh said she was looking forward to the Commonwealth Games in 2018 that will be held on the Gold Coast.

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