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Hard work pays off as Pam Brown is honoured with athletics accolade

By Ali Gordon

Local hero Pam Brown has been awarded a huge national accolade in recognition of her tireless hard work in the field of athletics. Last week, Brown beat off tough competition from top officials across the United Kingdom to win the Officials Developer of the Year award at the Sports Officials UK Awards, held at Staverton Park Hotel in Daventry, England.

After adopting the role of Northern Ireland official's secretary, Brown has continued in the job on a voluntary capacity. She is now an integral figure in the development of athletics officiating in this country.

Winning the award ahead of British Swimming's Melanie Sweetnam and Peter Tolan from the Rugby Football Union, Brown revealed how honoured she was to earn the prestigious accolade.

She said: "I am so pleased to receive this award and I thank UK Athletics for nominating me."

The competition's judging panel commended Brown for her dedication to athletics - not only for officiating at major events such as the Commonwealth Games but also for acting as a mentor for those seeking to progress in their officiating careers.

Brown helps officials who are aiming to reach their national level three by meeting organisers based on the mainland to ensure that officials in Northern Ireland gain the best possible experience and advice. Striving for the highest standards of officiating, Brown's work has allowed a number of officials across the province to achieve this high level.

One such official is Barbara Scott, who said: "I for one hold her in very high regard and she has helped and encouraged me."

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