The Area Referee, if appointed, shall:

(a) Be responsible to the Referee or the Deputy Referee for the control and organisation of a specific area or a group of sections or events of the competition including the proper layout of course(s) pertaining to the conditions.

(b) Implement the rules and regulations governing the competition and events being conducted in the particular area of control.

(c) Be aware at all times of the safety and welfare of competitors, officials and other personnel involved in the competition and have the authority to immediately suspend wholly or in part the competition in that area and refer that decision to the Referee and Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator.

(d) In conjunction with the Area Risk and Response Officer, the Area Referee has the authority to initiate any search and rescue actions and immediately notify the Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator and Referee or their delegate.

(e) At the Referee’s discretion, consider and adjudicate upon protests.

(f) Brief the Sectional Referee/s under their control of any specific requirements to manage their sections.

(g) Provide reports and recommendations to the Referee or Authority on the conduct of the area.