MARK O’BRIEN AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP OF AC

Featured / General / Nov 14, 2016

Mark has been actively involved at a national level with Canoe Sprint since 1979 until the present day.

  • Since 1979 – present Mark has been a part of the organising committee for national sprint events. He has:
    • Officiated in numbers roles from Chief Official, Deputy Chief Official, Starter, Boat Control, Umpire, Boat Holder etc
    • Trained and mentored volunteers at events for their roles
    • Trained, assessed and mentored technical officials
    • Creation of the progression plans that are used in sprint across events in Australia
    • Development of the race programs and schedules
    • Setting up and running the race management system (J-Raceman)
    • Sat on Juries during national competitions
    • Sat on Competition Committees during national competitions
  • 1990s – present has been a Selector for numerous Sprint Teams from Development to Olympic teams
  • Since 1998 he is an ICF Canoe Sprint Technical Official
  • 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as a technical official in the intermediate timing section
  • 2000s – present has been appointed as a member on a number of Tribunals to resolved non-selections and appeals
  • Appointed as an International Canoe Federation technical official in boat control at the:
    • 2001 & 2005 Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships
    • 2005 – Senior Flatwater World Championships (reserve)
  • 2002 World Masters Games
    • He was on the Canoe Flatwater Organising Committee
    • Held the position of Technical Delegate
  • 2007 – 2009 was appointed Chair of the AC Sprint Technical Committee
  • 2009 World Masters Games as a technical official
  • 2009 – 2012 was a Committee Member of the AC Sprint Technical Committee
  • Currently a member of West Lakes Canoe Club;
  • Has previously been a member of Christian Brothers Canoe Club & Holdfast Bay Canoe Club