From the Arbitration Panel:
Following the Pembrey TREC competition, a formal complaint was lodged with TREC GB as a competitor felt that insufficient time had been allotted between the provisional POR results being published and the final result being declared in order for everyone to submit their POR queries in the proper manner. This situation had arisen because the POR had had to be run on day two (Sunday) of the competition & being the Welsh Championships, the organisers wanted to meet TREC GB’s expectations & release the final results on the day. However, anyone who had to leave the venue late on Sunday afternoon (in order to be at work on Monday morning) had no time to submit a query in the proper manner.
The query that the competitor wanted to lodge was that she had been given a 30 point penalty for the ticket that she had recorded (then crossed out) that had been placed for another level.
Following investigation, it is clear that the competitor wason the correct route for her level.
Tickets are placed to check whether a competitor is on the correct route (“good” ticket”) or not (“bad” ticket).The rulebook does not stipulate a penalty for collecting a ticket “belonging” to another level and therefore there is no numerical value for it.
The penalty points have now been removed from the competitor’s score & the competition results adjusted.
As a result of this enquiry, the panel will be making recommendations to the appropriate working groups of TREC GB so that these situations can be avoided in future.