Very few people are aware of Masters Athletics and those who are aware might think that it is only for top athletes. They are wrong, as Masters Athletics is for any person over the age of 30 years qualifies to compete in masters athletics.
"Why Masters Athletics?” one would ask. The answer is quite simple and the benefits multiple:
At Masters Athletics an athlete competes against his own personal best standards. It is not about the position achieved, but about continuously improving your own personal best performance. It prevents you from becoming a couch potato and it improves health in general.
Masters Athletics in South Africa Athletics in South Africa was previously known as Veterans Athletics for men and women of 30 plus and has existed in South Africa since 1974 when the then S.A. Masters Athletic Association was founded by Danie Burger, ex-Springbok pole-vaulter, hurdler and decathlete, after a sojourn in the U.S.A. He was a physiotherapist / chiropractor who had studied and worked in the United States in the early 70's. At this time David Pain, an American Lawyer, organised a mile race for men of 40 plus, called masters.
Masters athletics is open to all masters athletes (35+ men and women internationally). However, provision is made for sub-masters from age 30+ for men and women to compete in all provincial, national and regional championships. Masters athletics is organised and adjudicated in five-year age categories, eg. 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, right up to 90's plus!