Congratulations to NY WSO board member Sara Soto on her newly acquired status as a International Weightlifting Federation Category 1 Technical Official!
There are four levels an individual can achieve as a technical official: USAW Local Referee, USAW National Referee, IWF Category 2, and IWF Category 1. It takes a minimum of 6 years to advance to the highest level with 2 years being spent at each stage along with a commitment to working at National meets.
Sara has spent countless hours training as a technical official while traveling the country and world. She’s worked as a referee, marshal, competition secretary, meet director, and numerous other jobs at weightlifting events learning and sharpening her skills. We’re so proud of Sara’s achievement and we’re grateful for her hard work and dedication to the sport we all love.
𝗦𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗦𝗮𝗿𝗮: “My favorite part of this journey has been meeting so many members and helping them feel comfortable competing at any level. That’s not just lip service!! It’s extremely rewarding for me on the service level.”
Congrats again, Sara!!