GIPPSLAND Swimming president and Sale Swimming Club life member Jacqueline Madden is one of only three Victorians to officiate in the swimming at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Madden began training as technical official locally in the
early 2000s before extending to state and national events, and in the past few years, international appointments.
With position applications closing in February last year and appointments made during the middle of 2017, the recent Commonwealth Games team trials were used as a staging event for both swimmers and officials.
More than 6600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will be welcomed to the Gold Coast tomorrow night ahead of the 11-day sporting and cultural event.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games will include the largest integrated para-sport program ever.
Traralgon swimmer Emily Beecroft, who competed in the Rio Paralympic Games, has also gained selection for the Commonwealth Games. Beecroft will compete in the 100 metre freestyle S9 parasport event.
Ahead of the games, Madden and Beecroft were honoured to represent Gippsland’s swimming community in carrying the Queen’s Baton in Morwell.