Officiating at athletics events started by chance for Malcolm Fletcher but he now has been recognised by the sport's governing body.

The 70-year-old from Wombwell was presented with the 'official of the year' title at England Athletics' Community Volunteer Awards ceremony held in Birmingham over the weekend.

In a 37-year career, Malcolm has officiated at the London 2012 Olympics, the Commonwealth Games held in Manchester in 2002 and the world student games in Sheffield.

He has also ratified a number of world records and was officiating the race that saw Jessica Ennis-Hill claimed heptathlon gold in the 'super Saturday' at the Olympic Stadium in 2012.

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Not bad considering how he stumbled into the sport.

He said: "It was all my daughter's fault. She got into athletics and I was asked: 'isn't it time you came and helped out?' Now I've been doing it for 37 years. I've found a little niche in life.

"I made sure I was in the right place at the right time to see Jess win gold.

"I've seen her grow up and that was a great moment.

"I was never an athlete myself, but I played football. Athletics has definitely filled my time up."

Receiving the award over the weekend was enjoyable for the retired mechanical engineer.

He added: "I was nominated in the regionals and then went through for the national award.

"It was a good night in a posh hotel."

Malcolm is the chair of the Yorkshire and Humberside regional council for England athletics and is associated with Barnsley AC.