Eddie’s Olympic role

A CARNOUSTIE man said he is “honoured” to be chosen to do his bit in Team GB’s Olympic preparations.

Eddie Wilmott revealed to the Guide & Gazette that he had been chosen as one of three judges on the Jury of Appeal at the British Gas Swimming Championships next month.

The event takes place from March 3 to 10 in the brand new London Olympics Aquatic Centre and will help select some of the athletes for Team GB.

Eddie explained: “This is a test event. It coincides with the British Gas Swimming Championships, which is over eight days in the new venue.

“This will double up as trials for the Olympics. If any swimmers meet the criteria they will get automatic accreditation into the Great British team.”

Eddie explained the role of the Jury of Appeal: “There are conditions when someone can complain that conditions were not met.

“It’s a case of knowing the rules inside out. Should it come down to us, our decision is final.

“The main difference between the normal British Championships and this event is that we will also come under the scrutiny of the London Olympic Organising Committee.”

Understandably, Eddie is very proud of his appointment, he said: “I have been very, very fortunate, it’s a fantastic honour for me personally.

“This is the top event as far as I’m concerned. It is a great honour for the three of us.

“It’s the sort of thing that comes along once in a lifetime and if you don’t take the chance then it will never come along again.”

He has been involved in refereeing for nearly 25 years and has been involved with St Thomas Swimming Club since 1985.

This is not Eddie’s first role in officiating major swimming competitions. In 2004 he was chosen by the League of Nations to officiate at the European Championships in Madrid and Vienna, and latterly he was invited to the 2006 FINA World Championships in Shanghai.