18th Pan American Games in Peru



County Athletics Chairman Bernie O’ Callaghan has been appointed to officiate at the 18th Pan American Games which take place in Peru in August, where he will act as a race-walking judge and as a technical official for the Stadium events. These Games take place every four years in the year before the Olympic Games and like the Olympics the games are a multi-sport event and is expected to welcome over 7,000 athletes to Lima in August. The first Pan Am Games were held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951, and Athletics has been a part of every Games and 47 countries are entered this time for the 2019 event.


Bernie is a former Irish International athlete and National Race-Walking champion and became Ireland’s first IAAF judge in 1994. He is no stranger to major events having previously been appointed as Irish throws and Endurance coach at The World athletics Championships in Edmonton in 2001 and Paris in 2003. He worked as a Race-Walking official at the World Championships in London in 2017 and was Irish Manager or Coach at six World and seven European Race-Walking Cups and has judged at numerous World and European Masters Championships.


A native of Killybegs and member of Finn valley AC he was a founder member of Donegal County Board in 1969 and has been involved in Athletics at every level and is currently a member of the Athletics Ireland Board, has was selected on the Donegal Athletics Team of the Millennium and has been inducted in to both the Donegal Athletics Hall of Fame and Ulster Athletics Hall of Fame.



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