Summer Program 2021-22

A full range of track and field disciplines is covered during the summer season at SA Athletics Stadium each Wednesday evening. Multi-events, steeplechase and 10,000m run/walk are not held as part of the normal program, but are included in the SAMA summer championships.

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.

All are welcome to take part in our weekly walks and runs. However, only financial SAMA members are eligible for placing in State Age Group (SAG) Championships events. SAMA membership covers competition fees for the normal weekly program, but a stadium entry fee is charged by the Stadium management. Registration for events is done on arrival at the stadium (please allow 30 minutes before your first event).

The dates for all SAMA events including Championships are listed in the 2021-22 Summer Program, and full details of competition each week are available in the Events Calendar .  This year track events are again divided between three separate programs, alternating over a three week cycle, which are designated A, B and C . The field events programs will continue to alternate every two weeks, and these are designated as 1 and 2. The specific dates on which each type of program will be held can be found in the Summer Program. The timetables for both track and field programs are shown below

Download Summer Program
Download Championships Information

A number of the walks and runs during the season are conducted using predetermined handicaps, with the remainder held as scratch races, which include the SAG Championship events. See additional information below.

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

South Australian Masters Athletics has again been invited by the South Australian Athletic League to stage a distance handicapped 800m as part of the Bay Sheffield Carnival at the ACH Group Stadium (Glenelg Oval), which runs from 27-28 December 2021 See the Event for further information.
View the results of the 800m Masters Race at 2020 Bay Sheffield.

Bob Clarke Memorial Challenge

In the first half of the season 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. 
Full details of the 2021 event are available to download

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

COVID SAfe Check-In On arrival at the SA Athletics Stadium all participants in SAMA competition, including athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators should scan the QR code displayed at the entrance to the stadium using the mySA GOV app, then if prompted enter their name and phone number to complete the check-in. If unable to check-in this way using the mySA GOV app, details for contact tracing must be provided in writing on the sheet available at the stadium entrance.

SAMA summer Track & Field competition at SA Athletics Stadium will be conducted according to a set of COVID-19 Events Protocols (download here), which describe how SA Masters Athletics will conduct their events safely and in a manner that abides by current COVID-19 restrictions.

SAMA Policy on Mask Wearing

Whilst current SA Government COVID-19 restrictions indicate that ‘a mask is not required to be worn outdoors if the physical distancing principle is complied with’, SAMA strongly urges all participants at its events to consider wearing a mask when in close vicinity of other persons, such as at the start/finish line and check-in location, and all other times when it is not possible to comply with the physical distancing principle.  This does not apply to athletes when undergoing physical exertion, or at the start of a race in which they are competing.  Spectators are permitted at outdoor sports, and are encouraged to wear a mask if physical distancing is not practical.

Special Events

AMA National T&F Championships Brisbane 2022

Friday April 1st – Monday 4th April 2022. 
QSAC (Queensland State Athletics Centre), Nathan (Brisbane) QLD

See the Event for details.

SAMA Summer Championships 2021-22

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 Wednesday 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 participants detailing all events entered, your place, performance and age-graded percentage. Please do not be put off by the fact that they are Championships – it will still be the same friendly competition.

The SAMA 10000m Run Championships were held in conjunction with Athletics SA on Sunday 24 October 2021. See the Results.
The SAMA 10km Walk Championships will be held in conjunction with Athletics SA. See the Event for details.
The SAMA Throws Pentathlon Championships will be held on Sunday 13 February 2022. See the Event for details.
The remainder of the Championships are held as part of our normal Wednesday competition, as shown in the State Champs 2021-22 document.

Download Championships Information

Athletics SA Track & Field Season 2021-22

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 2021-22 membership year also have Basic membership of Athletics SA for 2021-22. 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_2021-22 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

The 2021 Summer season will be conducted to comply with the COVID-19 Public Activity Requirements for South Australia , which allows outdoor Athletics competitions to be conducted, subject to a number of conditions being met. These include the need to continue to observe social distancing and density requirements, and taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

SAMA summer competition at SA Athletics Stadium will be conducted according to a set of COVID 19 Events Protocols (download PDF), which describe how SA Masters Athletics will conduct their events safely and in a manner that abides by current COVID-19 restrictions. A one-page summary of the key features of these protocols is also available.  SAMA also has a Policy on Mask Wearing.

SAMA will operate at the stadium under a COVID-Safe Plan (download PDF), which provides a list of obligations that must be complied with to undertake competition. All members, including athletes, volunteers and officials should refer to the plan and become familiar with what needs to be done to ensure our club stays COVID-Safe.

SAMA will support the use of the COVID SAfe Check-In feature of the mySA GOV app to enhance contact tracing. This utilises a QR code to be displayed in a prominent location at the stadium. Written contact tracing sheets will be available for customers who don’t have a smartphone.

SAMA will have COVID Marshals at all competitions and events. All participants are required to follow the instructions given by a COVID Marshal .

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 in the Track & Field season, 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 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 1 heat is required for 400, 800, 1000 or 1500m – 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 Season

Winter 2021

The SAMA winter competition has now finished.

The results of the 2021 Winter Achievers Award can be found on the Awards page.

Results for all our competitions in the 2021 season, including Championships, can be found on the Results page. The photos from previous SAMA competitions can be viewed via our Facebook Gallery.