Schenker to rule the field

BENDIGO athletics stalwart Zoe Schenker will be doing everything by the book at the Oceania Masters track and field championships.

As a level-B throws and jumps official, Schenker will help ensure the events are run smoothly and in accordance with IAAF rules and any masters modifications.

The 55-year-old will be a shot put judge and the chief javelin judge during this weekend's decathlon and heptathlon competition, before taking on other official roles throughout next week.

"I just want to do everything right by the athletes and, of course, right by the book," she said. "It is fantastic that we have the Oceania Masters in Bendigo - it's a really big event.

"It is very competitive, but very friendly and all the athletes help each other out and give each other tips." 

Since taking up officiating in 2008, Schenker has worked at major meets including the Victorian All Schools, country and youth track and field championships. But this is her biggest carnival.

She also competes locally for the Bendigo Harriers club.

Schenker hopes to be selected for roles at Athletics Australia events so she can move towards becoming level-A accredited.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast is also on the horizon.

"That is in the back of my mind. It would be great."

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