Interview with Tim Quinlivan: Judge of Gymnastics
Q. What sport do you judge?
A. Men' s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG)
Q. When did you become a judge?
- 1981 - National Accreditation
- 1985 - International Accreditation (FIG)
Q. Why did you become a judge?
A. After I retired as a gymnast I still wanted to be involved in the sport.
Q. Do you enjoy judging the athletes?
A. Yes. As a judge you have the best seats in the venue and to watch a world
class gymnast perform is really exciting.
Q. What sport do you enjoy watching?
A. Rugby League, Cricket - the most highlighted sports.
Q. Can some judges be bias when judging athletes?
A. At International events, all the judges scores are compared and analysed
to ensure consistency and impartiality. Sever penalties are imposed on bias
Q. Can it sometimes be difficult for judges to decide on a score when judging someone?
A. Because of the speed and difficulty of the top gymnastics routines, it
quite often requires discussion between the judges.
Q. Who pays for the judges to go to the Olympics?
A. The Olympic Committee' s of each nation pay the expenses for the judges
representing their own country.
Q. Are the judges paid any form of wages to judge at the Olympics?
A. No. It is a voluntary sport.
Q. Is there a code of ethics for the judges?
A. Yes. The Australian Judges follow a code of ethics published in the National
Judges Administrative Manual.
Q. Do the judges need any extra protection or security?
A. No. I haven' t been in any situation where protection was required.
Q. Do you hope to gain anything out of being a judge?
A. It is exciting to be a part of a team. To help the coaches and gymnasts
refine their routines to increase their base score and reduce deductions.
Q. How are judges selected to judge at the Olympic Games?
A. Every four years the Federation of International Gymnastics (FIG), runs
a course to accredit judges for major competitions. The judges must also be
selected by the Federation in their own country.