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.
Marge Allison inducted 2016
“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
“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
Lyn’s greatest honour is her selection as IAAF Female Masters Athlete of the Year
in both 2011 and 2012.
David Carr inducted 2015
Heather Doherty Inducted 2015
Wally Sheppard inducted 2015
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…
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.
Shirley Brasher inducted 2010
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 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
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
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.
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