The SAMA Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame will be an elite body with a limited membership based on stringent criteria principally based on performances or activities at state, national and international levels. It will have a status above that of Life Member. The objective of the Hall of Fame is not to recognise longevity of participation or service.
The following is a summary of the key aspects of the Hall of Fame (for a more complete description refer to the SAMA Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria)
There shall be two types of membership (which may be combined):
Nomination can be by any member of SAMA other than the individual being nominated and it must be endorsed by the Hall of Fame Committee. Nominations will be called for by the SAMA Secretary annually, and must be made using the Hall of Fame Nomination Form, with submissions to be received for consideration prior to the next AGM.
There were two inaugural inductees to the Hall of Fame. These are the two SAMA Members who have been inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame, with both meeting the SAMA requirement that their contributions were largely in South Australia.
Inductee No. 1: Ann Cooper
Inductee No. 2: George White
The following six inductees were presented at the 2023 AGM.
Inductee No. 3: Sylvia White
Inductee No. 4: Wendy Ey
Inductee No. 5: Frank Rogers
Inductee No. 6: Peter Sandery
Inductee No. 7: John Hore
Inductee No. 8: Miriam Cudmore
Members are welcome to submit nominations using the appropriate forms for consideration in subsequent years.
Nomination for the Hall of Fame is only available after a minimum of 12 years regular participation or involvement covering at least 3 age groups. For administrators, achievement from personal effort or initiative is essential, in particular significant contributions to the profile or development of the sport of Masters Athletics. Long-service is not sufficient in itself. The required length of involvement/service may be reduced where the career of the nominated individual was cut short by major injury, illness or death.
Demonstrated ongoing achievements at a significant level in Masters Athletics is an essential criterion for nominated athletes – this is principally through the setting of records at state, national and world levels, and medal placings (particularly winning) at the AMA, Oceania and World Championships. Medal performances at Australian Masters Games will be considered at a lower level. Performances and records may include those achieved as a member of relay teams. The assessment should consider an individual’s ongoing dominance of an event or events, and isolated outstanding performances are not considered sufficient for acceptance into the Hall of Fame.
Substantial and outstanding contributions and achievements to the management and development of Masters Athletics as a result of exceptional personal effort and initiative are essential criteria for an administrator nominee to the Hall of Fame. Such contributions should principally be in South Australia however, contributions interstate and at national and international level of the sport would be a major bonus. It is important to note that long-service is not sufficient in itself, and also that any contributions do not have to be made in a continuous block of time.
Combined Athlete/Administrator Nominees
Where a nominee to the Hall of Fame has achieved significant athletic performances and made outstanding administrative contributions the citation on the presented certificate will acknowledge this.
This is an essential criterion for acceptance into the Hall of Fame, and individuals nominated for either athlete or administrator membership must have conducted themselves throughout their sporting career in a manner that brings credit to themselves and Masters athletics.