The SAMA Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame will be an elite body with a limited membership based on stringent criteria and will have a status above that of SAMA Life Member. There shall be three types of membership:
Nomination can be by any member of SAMA and endorsed by the Hall of Fame Committee. Nominations will be called for by the SAMA Secretary annually, with submissions to be received for consideration prior to the next AGM (refer to the SAMA Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria).
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.
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. Performances in open athletics prior to an athlete’s involvement in Masters Athletics will not be considered, but can be noted to provide a rounded picture of the individual in the sport.
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. It is important to note that long-service is not sufficient in itself.
Nominees Spanning both Athlete and Administrator Categories
Where a nominee to the Hall of Fame has achieved significant athletic performances and made outstanding administrative contributions, the athlete may be nominated in the Athlete/Administrator category.
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.