HALL OF FAME

The Hall of Fame was established in 2007 to recognise those outstanding individuals who are role models for the sport of Masters athletics in Australia. They have either sustained outstanding performances at the highest levels as Masters athletes, or are administrators who have made an extraordinary, inspirational and dedicated personal contribution to Master athletics and its development in Australia and at an international level.                                                   Currently there are thirteen members of the AMA Hall of Fame.   Eleven qualified as athletes and two as administrators. 

Criteria & Nomination

AMA Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria 2015

Hall of Fame Athlete Nomination Form 

Hall Of Fame Administrator Nomination Form

Andrew Jamieson inducted 2017

“Complete package of natural talent and huge work ethic”
Since his return to athletics in 1987 Andrew has proven to be one of the most prolific racewalkers in Australian and World Masters Athletics. The list of world records that Andrew has achieved is phenomenal; with many of his age-graded performances placing above 95 percentile.
Andrew is a positive ambassador for Masters Athletics, an outstanding role model for athletes of any age and the general community.
Successful at both sporting and professional levels, Andrew remains unassuming and unpretentious and demonstrates humility towards fellow competitors and team mates.
Recognized at the highest level Andrew has been awarded the IAAF Male Masters Athlete of the Year in 2007 and 2016; Australian Male Masters Athlete of the Year 2008/9 and 2013 and AMA Walks Award 2004, 2007, 2012 and 2013.

            Marge Allison inducted 2016

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“A glamorous beacon in both athletics and life”

Marge has been an outstanding competitor in Masters athletics for over thirty years.

In that time she has competed in nearly every event from the sprints to 800m, long

and short hurdles, long and high jump, relays, multi-events and a marathon. In all

these events Marge has set numerous records at World, Oceania, National and State levels. 

Following the honour of being flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony at the World

Championships in Buffalo in 1995, Marge went on to break the 400m World Record

in 58.51 thus becoming the first 50 year old woman in history to run a sub 60 second 400m. 

In 2010 Marge became only the second woman to win the prestigious John Landy Trophy. 

Marge is not only dedicated to her training but also the encouragement of others

and the promotion of the sport of athletics.

Lyn Ventris inducted 2016

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“Fitness” walker to World Champion walker

Introduced to the sport of race walking by a friend in 1996 Lyn quickly progressed

from a keen “fitness” walker to a champion race walker. Lyn still competes in open competition and is consistently an outright winner across all age groups in World Masters  competitions. 

Lyn holds a considerable number of World, Australian and State records in both

Masters and open competition from 3000m track to 20km road walks. 

A firm believer that competitive sports continue throughout life, Lyn regularly pro-

motes race walking, masters athletics, general health, fitness and well being. She

often assists younger athletes with coaching clinics focussing on rules, technique

and sportsmanship. 

Lyn’s greatest honour is her selection as IAAF Female Masters Athlete of the Year

in both 2011 and 2012.

David Carr inducted 2015

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“An amazing athlete who refuses to slow down”
David has been a founder and continual member of Veterans/Masters Athletics WA since 1974. Over the years he has been an outstanding competitor in all events from 100m to marathons, an official, coach, President of V/MAWA and Convenor of state and national championships. His service has been recognised by his Life membership of both MAWA and Athletics Western Australia.
 
David has set numerous World, National and State records many of which are long standing. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including the AMA most outstanding individual performance, Most outstanding male athlete, Middle distance Award and the Brian Foley Trophy for best age graded performance at National Championships. At the 2013 WMA Championships Porte Alegre he was selected to be the Australian Flag Bearer.
 
David” s determination and dedication has ensured his pursuit of excellence, he is a great ambassador for Masters athletics

Heather Carr inducted 2015

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“Strives to improve, inspire and encourage.”
Heather started race walking in 1987, her excellence in this discipline resulted in a number of National and a World record within her first two years of racing. As she has progressed through the age groups Heather has continued her record breaking success.
In recognition of her achievements Heather had the honour of being Australian flag bearer at the 1997 Durban and 2013 Porto Alegre World Veterans/ Masters Championships.  Heather’s dedication to race walking has also seen her fulfil many administrative roles within the Victorian Race Walking fraternity.
 
Heather is a fierce competitor who continually strives to improve while inspiring and encouraging her fellow walkers from the young beginners to her peers.

Heather Doherty Inducted 2015

 

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“A campaigner and pioneer for women in Masters Athletics”.
Heathers involvement in athletics has extended her entire lifetime. She campaigned at both state and national level for the inclusion of women into the originally male  dominated sport of Veterans/Masters athletics. She was the first female member of the Queensland Veterans Athletic Club and President of the Australian Veterans Athletic Association.
Heather commenced her athletic career as a 400m/800m runner but soon ventured into most other events. Her greatest prowess is in all the throws events where she has set many Australian records and broken World records.
 
In recognition of her athletic abilities and service to athletics Heather has been awarded the AAVAC Most Outstanding Female athlete 1998, AMA Throws award 2009, AMA Administrator/Official of the Year 2009 and Life Memberships of Queensland Women’s Athletics and Queensland Veterans/Masters Athletics, along with many community based awards.

Wally  Sheppard inducted 2015

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“He put the athletes and Association before his own welfare”
Wally was a driving force in the establishment of the Veteran Athletics movement in Australia at both National and State levels. He held the position of National Secretary from 1971 to 1986. He played a major role in organizing and managing the first Australian team to compete in the first World Veterans/Masters Championships in 1975. From 1975 to 1985 he was team manager for Australian athletes competing in the World Championships. In 1973, Wally helped organise the first official National Veterans Athletics Championships and subsequently helped with the running of the Oceania Championships in Fiji in the early 1980’s.
 
As a member of the Oceania grouping of Veterans athletes and was instrumental in helping the development of Veterans Athletics in the Pacific region.
 
He was an Oceania delegate to the World Masters Committee from 1975 to 1986 and also held the position of Executive Vice President of the World Association of Veterans Athletics.  Wally played a major administrative role in the World, Regional, National and State development of Veterans/Masters Athletics
Peter Crombie inducted 2013
Peter has had outstanding success at world titles since first competing in 1987. In addition he has won a medal at every meet in which he has competed in the sprint events. Peter has also received more medals than any other Australian male sprint athlete at the WMA world titles. He has competed in 10 outdoor world titles in 30 individual sprint events, always making the final, and has medalled on 20 occasions.
At the time of induction Peter is the holder of some 19 Australian records, both indoor and outdoor, some dating back to 1995. Peter holds the Australian indoor records for every sprint in which he has competed, including the relays. Peter has trained many masters athletes from local club athletes up to international level. A number of his athletes have achieved medals and world records.
In late 2010 Peter was unanimously voted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as the World Masters Male Athlete of the Year…
Jack Pennington inducted 2013
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Jack has probably done more to spread the word and action of veterans/masters athletics than any other Australian. He is driven by a passion for athletics. Jack was instrumental in the founding of the Australian Association of Veterans Athletics Clubs,NSW Veterans Athletic Club and ACT Veterans Athletic Club.
He competed as a 12 year old in 1934 and until the age of 71 in 1993 when injury prevented further competition. In his time Jack was also a renowned coach and administrator in athletics. In 2006 Jack was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to athletics.  Jack Pennington, as an author, is a major reference point for understanding the development of masters athletics in Australia.
Jack’s legacy to masters athletics will be remembered by many in all corners of the world.
Reg  Austin  inducted 2010
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Reg Austin has been an outstanding sprinter from his early days in the professional running ranks to his extended career in masters athletics. Including his pre masters days, Reg has set 7 world records, in the M35, M40, M45 and M50 age groups over 100M, 200M and 400M, along with some 15 world titles. In the process setting Australian and New South Wales masters records for the same distances and picking up numerous national and state titles. Reg has been an inspirational athlete and an ardent supporter of masters athletics, being awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1990 for his services to sprinting.

Shirley Brasher inducted 2010

 

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Shirley Brasher was an outstanding athlete and pioneer for older women in athletics. During her illustrious 31 year masters athletics career, Shirley set 15 world and 22 national records in various age groups and in the process picking up 23 individual world titles, not to mention the numerous national and state titles, spread over events ranging from 800M to 10000M including the Steeple. Shirleys final Australian record was set in 2009, at the age of 82, for 400M. Shirleys contribution to athletics has been recognized with both Tasmanian and Australian Sports Awards, and will always be remembered as a legend of the sport.

Alan Bradford inducted 2009

alan-bradford1Alan Bradford (Qld) was – and still is – a champion middle distance runner who has set several World, and many more Australian, records at 800m, 1500m and steeplechase. He has also won numerous championship titles. Currently, Alan is the Australian record- holder for M45, M50 and M60 800m; M50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 steeplechase; and holds the World record for M60 800m (2.10.42).

Ann Cooper inducted 2009

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Ann Cooper (SA) was a member of the gold medal-winning 4×100 yards relay team at the 1950 Empire Games in Auckland. Since becoming a veteran/Masters athlete she has enjoyed considerable national and international success as a sprinter. Ann currently holds ARs for W75 60m; W60, 65, 70 and 75 100m; W60, 65, 70 and 75 200m; and W70 400m. She also shares in the W65 4×100 and 4x400m relays records. Ann is a five-times winner of the annual ‘champions of champions’ race.

John Gilmour inducted 2009

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John Gilmour (WA) was also a champion runner in his youth but returned home a physical wreck after suffering three years as a POW in Japan. In 1969, aged 50 years, he began competing as a veteran/Masters athlete and went on to set numerous world age records and win more than sixty international races. John turned 90 in 2009, but his Australian records for M60 1500m, and M60, 65 and 70 records at 5000m and 10000m are still unbroken.