Summer Program 2022-23

Details of the 2022-23 Summer T&F Season are still being finalised.

SA Athletics Stadium at Mile End is currently being resurfaced and renovated so that SAMA will not be able to conduct our Wednesday night track meets there until it reopens at the end of 2022.

Options are being explored for conducting the first part of the season elsewhere, and further news will be announced shortly.

A draft program is available to download here, but this will be subject to change depending on what alternatives can be implemented.

A survey was conducted to ascertain the views of members regarding what they feel might be possible for summer competition before the upgraded track becomes available. The survey has now closed.

SAMA Achievers Award

The SAMA Achievers Award will be continued to recognise individual athletes who strive from week to week to improve their performance ratings but who may not necessarily be at a “high” standard. The Achievers Award will be applicable only to financial members of SAMA and is based on their performances during the weekly SAMA competitions (for full details refer to the Awards section).

Bay Sheffield Carnival – the Exurbia SA Masters 800m Event

It is anticipated that South Australian Masters Athletics will again be invited by the South Australian Athletic League to stage a distance handicapped 800m as part of the Bay Sheffield Carnival at Colley Reserve, Glenelg, which runs from 27-28 December 2022.

A number of 800m qualifier races will be staged during the first half of the 2022/23 season, and this year the 800m performances by SAMA members done at ASA Interclub will be accepted for the purposes of handicapping.

Further details to follow.

View the results of the 800m Masters Race at 2021 Bay Sheffield.

Bob Clarke Memorial Challenge

We will again run the ‘Bob Clarke Memorial Challenge’, which was introduced in 2019 consisting of a distance-handicapped event in which sprinters and distance runners compete against each other. This will occur in the second half of the 2022/23 season.

Further details to follow.

View the results of the 2021 Bob Clarke Memorial Challenge Final.

SAMA Stance on Mask Wearing

Whilst there is no longer a requirement to wear Face Masks under current SA Government COVID-19 restrictions, all participants at SAMA events still have the option of wearing a mask if they prefer. This is recommended when in close vicinity of other persons, such as at the start/finish line and check-in location, and all other times when physical distancing is not practical.  This is a personal choice and should be respected by others.

COVID-Safe Recommendations 

SA Masters Athletics will conduct their events safely and in a manner that minimises risk of  infection by COVID-19.  From 24 May 2022, SAMA is no longer required to operate under a COVID-Safe Plan.

However, it is recommended that all participants in SAMA competition, including athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators continue to follow health advice and maintain social distancing and wash or sanitise their hands regularly.  We also request that those persons who are feeling ill should refrain from taking part.

Championships & Special Events

AMA T&F National Championships SYD2023

Friday 10 March – Monday 13 March 2023.
Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, Homebush

See the Event for details.

SAMA Summer Championships 2022-23

State Masters Athletics Championships (State Age Group Championships)

The Summer Championships are for all SAMA members, and we encourage you to enter. NB. Only financial members can enter summer championship events.

If you enjoy competing in the regular Track & Field competition you will enjoy the Championship competition. They are run basically as per our normal competition but results are determined by 5 year age groups and this means you will competing against those in your age group. A Certificate is awarded to all participating entrants, showing placing, performance and age-graded percentage for all their events. Please do not be put off by the fact that they are Championships – it will still be the same friendly competition.

Further details to be advised.

Athletics SA Track & Field Season 2022-23

SAMA is a full member club with Athletics SA (ASA), so that SAMA members can compete in ASA competition. You will need to compete in a SAMA uniform and if you don’t have one please see the Uniforms page for information about ordering. The Summer Program also shows the dates of the ASA Championships for information of SAMA competitors.

All SAMA members who are financial for the 2022-23 membership year also have basic membership of Athletics SA (Bronze level) for 2022-23. For an extra annual fee, individuals may choose to upgrade their ASA membership to reduce the cost per day/event when competing in ASA competitions. See Competing with ASA 2022-23 for further details.

Financial members with SAMA as their Primary ASA club, who wish to upgrade their ASA membership from Basic, should contact the Registrar to initiate the upgrade.
Registrar: David Bates ( .

Information about the ASA Summer Track & Field Season can also be found on the ASA Website.

Program Information

COVID-19 Precautions

SAMA competition will be conducted to comply with the COVID-19 Public Activity Requirements for South Australia , which currently allows outdoor Athletics competitions to be conducted without any restrictions. However, it is recommended that all participants in SAMA competition continue to observe social distancing and take precautions to ensure the health and safety of all participants (see above).

SAMA is no longer required to operate under a COVID-Safe Plan.

Walking Events

In the spirit of inclusion SAMA introduced Club Walking into its program, to encourage current walkers who struggle with bent knees, previous walkers who no longer compete for fear of disqualification, and others who might like to try walking without the pressure of full Race Walking rules.

SAMA will continue to have two types of walking in its competition – Race Walking and Club Walking.

Race Walking will be conducted under IAAF rules with the “No advantage” concept applied as is done at National and International competition (for further information see Race-walking with SAMA).

For Club Walking the only rule is that there would be no running – which for our purposes will be defined by the requirement to always have one foot on the ground (bent knees will not be an issue). Walkers in this category can still be disqualified if they break the contact rule!

During normal SAMA competition, the differentiation between the two groups of walkers will only apply for ‘scratch’ races. For ‘handicap’ races (which are not judged) all walkers will be competing in a single Club Walk group.

As both types of walking would be in the same race the type of walking must be nominated on entry into ‘scratch races’. We will have some distinguishing feature on Race Walkers. Both types will have their own Club Championship events but there will only be records for Race Walking (which must fulfill the criteria for setting SAG records) and only Race Walkers would be eligible for the SAMA Walks Award (for further details refer to the Records & Awards section).

Other Information

Unless indicated as a ‘scratch’ program, the runs and walks are conducted using predetermined handicaps – see the SAMA Handicapping Information.

Lap scoring – please read the information in accompanying document.

Each week the program will be designated either as ‘scratch’ or as ‘handicap’, which will alternate in a bi-weekly cycle. The Summer Program shows the dates for scratch and handicap weeks.

On handicap days if more than one heat is required for 400m – the faster heat will be scratch.

Men and women compete together. W designates a walk (separate Race-walk & Club-walk events on Scratch days only).

The weight and size of implements used for the throws varies according the gender and age group of the competitor (see the AMA website for current specifications).

A summary of the Hot Weather Contingencies (extracted from the Extreme Weather section of the SAMA By-Laws) can be downloaded here.

Air pollution (including smoke from bushfires) can have detrimental effects on the performance and health of athletes. In particular, high risk groups such as people over 65 and individuals suffering from medical conditions such as Asthma are advised to take precautions when the air quality is poor.

Winter Program 2022

The 2022 Winter Season has finished. Results for all our competitions, including Championships, can be found on the Results page. The photos from previous SAMA competitions can be viewed via our Facebook Gallery.