The Championships in numbers
XXII. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Perth, AUS
- Date: Oct. 25 – Nov. 06, 2016
- LOC: Richard Blurton, Chairman; AMA. Perth 2016 Ltd. TriEvents and Athletics Western Australia (AWA).
- Sites: WA Athletics Stadium.HBF Stadium. Ern Clark Athletic Centre. Alderbury and Perry Lakes Reserves. WA Water Sports Club and banks of the Swan River.
- Athletes: 4,028 competitors
- Countries: 90 countries represented
- Assembly decisions: 1st championships organised with the full WMA Competition team who worked with the LOC on all aspects of the organisation. Complemented as being the “best” WMA organised championship to date. General Assembly was held 31th October, with 133 voting Delegates. Assembly Decisions; Torun (POL) (the only candidate) was awarded the 2019 WMA Indoor championships. The 2020 Stadia championship were two excellent bids. Toronto (CAN) presented by John Craig and Gothenburg (SWE) presented by Kajsa Bergqvist, Olympian, World Indoor High Jump record holder. Toronto was awarded the championships 68 votes to 57 Gothenburg. The GA voted for and accepted the transition of the “old WMA Sweden, to the new WMA Monaco. New Elections were held for 3 posts : Executive Vice President: Margit Jungmann, GER . Vice President Competition: Brian Keaveney, CAN, both voted Unanimously. Secretary position: Serge Beckers, BEL. Maria Alfaro-Casan, MEX. Maria Alfaro-Casan elected 95 votes to 34. Main change in the competition was the withdrawl of the Marathon and the 10,000m from the Stadia championship, and the Half marathon as a “required” even in the Indoor championships. A 10km Road race will be included in the Indoor championships and WMA will look to source a Marathon race with other established races. Award of a Silver pin was made to Serge Beckers, (BEL). The LOC made full Live Streaming of the championship free of charge. This had a watching audience in 170 different countries.
XXI. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Lyon, FRA
- Date: Aug. 4 – 16, 2015
- LOC: Marcel Ferrari, Rhône-Alpes Athletics League
- Sites: LA DUCHERE: HALLE Stéphane DIAGANA; BALMONT Stadium: STADE DU; RHONE: STADE Pierre DUBOEUF Bron: STADE Laurent GERIN Vénissieux; BELLECOUR Place Bellecour.
- Athletes: 8,073 competitors
- Countries: 98 countries represented
- Awards: President honoured the following persons: Recipients of WMA Special Recognition Award: Cesar Moreno Bravo (MEX), Pierre Weiss (FRA), Rex Harvey (USA). Award of WMA Silver Pins Brian Keaveney(CAN). Kiyoshi Konoike(JPN). Award of WMA Bronze Pins: Jorge Luis Manrique (PER). Ivar Soderlind (SWE). Bob Schickert (AUS). Jean Gracia (FRA).
- Assembly decisions: Assembly, 13th August – Assembly Decisions;There were two bids for the WMA 2018 Stadia Championships. Malaga Spain and the Province of Venice, Italy. (Jesolo, Caorle, Eraclea. The championships were awarded to Malaga. (95 votes to 25 ). A decision taken to adopt an article of “Transition” for the New WMA registration in Monaco and the letter of authority for Pierre Weiss to lodge this with the Monegasque authority, and its for Constitution, By-Law and Championship Rules to take effect following the 2016 General Assembly in Perth, Australia.
XX. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Porto Alegre, RS, BRA
- Date: Oct. 16 – 27, 2013
- LOC: Estate of Rio Grande Do Sul, City Hall of Porto Alegre, ABRAM (Brazilian Association of Athletics Master) – Francisco Hypolito da Silveira and Group AUSTRAL – Vinicius Garcia
- Sites: 4 Stadium: CETE (Centro Estadual de Treinamento Esportivo ), PUCRS (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul), UFRGS (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul ) and SOGIPA (Sociedade de Ginástica de Porto Alegre) and Marinha do Brazil Park .
- Athletes: 4,138 competitors
- Countries: 82 countries represented
- Assembly decisions: Daegu City, South Korea awarded the WMA 2017 Indoor Championships. Elections; Stan Perkins, AUS. 92 votes is elected president. Rex Harvey, USA. 38. Margit Jungmann, GER. 67 votes is elected Executive Vice President on the 2nd ballot. 1st Ballot. Vesa Lappalainen, FIN 62. Margit Jungmann, GER 52, Friedel Schunk, USA.16. Is eliminated. 2nd Ballot. Vesa Lappalainen, FIN 63 Margit Jungmann, GER. 67. Serge Beckers, BEL. 90 votes is elected Vice President Stadia. Michael Serrelta, PUR, 40. Giacomo Leone 78 votes is elected Vice President Non-Stadia. Maurice Doogan ,GBR/NI, 33. Giacomo Leone, ITA.78. René Hondelink, NED.18. Winston Thomas GBR/NI 102 votes is elected Secretary. Marilyn Mitchell, USA 27. Jean Thomas, FRA is elected Treasurer by acclamation. Selma Turkkal, TUR 75 votes is elected as Women’s Representative. Marilyn Mitchell, USA 53. Assembly passed a motion for acceptance of the new constitution in 2015 and WMA registration in Monaco 2016.
XIX. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Sacramento, CA (USA)
- Date: Jul. 06 – July 17, 2011
- LOC: John McCasey
- Sites: Sacramento State University, AG Spanos Sports Complex . American River College Beaver Stadium and Non-Stadia. American River Parkway, Granite Regional Park,William Land Park
- Athletes: 4761 competitors
- Countries: 93 countries represented
- Assembly decisions: motion to accept IAAF Members in Countries without a Masters movements as affiliated to WMA is passed. Motion to change the Stadia championships to even years and the Indoors to odd years is passed starting 2016.
- Bid Awards: 2014 Indoor Championships awarded to Budapest, Hungary. 2015 Stadia championships awarded to Lyon, France, and 2016 Stadia championships awarded to Perth, Australia.
XVIII. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Lahti FIN
- Date: Jul. 28 – Aug. 8, 2009
- LOC: General Secretary, Virpi Hurri. Competition Hannu Nurminen, Pekka Mäki-Reinikka
- Site: Lahti Sport Centre. Radiomäki Stadium
- Athletes: 4948 competitors
- Countries: 96 countries represented
- Assembly decisions: Elections: President Stanley Perkins, AUS won over Rex Harvey, USA. Exec VP, Vesa Lappalainen, FIN won over Friedel Schunl, GER. VP Stadia. Serge Beckers, BEL won over Sandy Pashkin, USA.VP Non Stadia Brian Keaveney, CAN, Secretary Winston Thomas, GBR elected unopposed. Treasurer. Francesco de Feo ITA elected following the withdrawal of other candidate. Womens Representative, Selme Turkkal, TUR won over Marilyn Mitchell USA, and Lynne Schickert AUS.
- Bid Awards: WMA 2012 Indoor Championship awarded to Jyvaskyla, FIN. WMA 2013 Stadia Championships awarded to Porto Alegre, BRA
XVII. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Riccione, ITA
- Date: Sep. 4 – 15, 2007
- LOC: Lamberto Vacchi, Luca Verrascina
- Sites: 3 stadiums: Riccione, Misano Adriatico, San Giovanni in Marignano
- Athletes: 8,946 competitors
- Countries: 97 countries represented
- Assembly decisions: Secretary Winston Thomas confirmed, who had replaced Torsten Carlius, who had died 11-2005. GA. ended prematurely with some business left unfinished.
- Bid award: Stadia 2011 to Sacramento CA, USA over Porto Alegre BRA.
XVI. World Championships Stadia
- Local: San Sebastian, ESP
- Date: Aug. 22 – Sep 3, 2005
- Site: Main Stadium and adjacent track
- Athletes: 6,030 competitors
- Countries: 91 countries represented
- Assembly decisions: Elections: President Cesare Beccalli ITA won over Stan Perkins AUS. Exec.VP-Monty Hacker RSA won over Ron Bell GB, Vadirn Marshev RUS, and WinstonThornas GB. VP-Stadia – Rex Harvey USA re-elected over Jean-Pierre Clarnaran Danzelle FRA; VP N-Stadia: Brian Keaveney CAN unopposed; Secretary: Torsten Carlius SWE over Brian Oxley CAN; Treas.: Friedel Schunk GER unopposed; Wom.Rep.: Marina Hoernecke-GiI unopposed.
- Bid award: Stadia 2009 to Lahti FIN over Aarhus DEN.
XV. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Carolina, PUR
- Date: July 1 -13, 2003
- LOC: William Aleman
- Site: 3 stadiums (R.Clemente,SixtoEscobar,Uni)
- Athletes: 2,700 competitors
- Countries: 79 Countries represented
- Assembly decisions: Motion defeated to have council decide CHs sites. Also defeated to drop term limits for officers. Discipline and Law+Legislation C’tees were joined. Posting of condensed council meeting minutes and quarterly financial statements on the website were approved. Assembly defeated a motion to have General Assembly set sanction fees. Reduction of starting age for Men at 35 was approved. Council was urged to address IMGA issue with urgency. Approved inaugural 2004 Indoor CHs in Sindelfingen, GER, and authorized award of 2006 Indoor CHs at a Special Assembly at Sindelfingen in 2004. During 2002, IMGA elected to change their games date to 2005, clashing with WMA CHs years. This was considered unacceptable and withholding of sanction of their event was debated. Special mention: low number of participants due to political uncertainties (post 9/11 fears) and climate. Well organised CHs; special mention of medical team (Dr. Dwight Santiago). Bus convoys by motor-cycle police. V VP-Stadia (RexHarvey) recommendations for adoption of computer program were followed. Next CHs: Stadia 2007 in Riccione, ITA.
- Assembly decisions: Motion defeated to have council decide CHs sites. Also defeated to drop term limits for officers. Discipline and Law+Legislation C’tees were joined. Posting of condensed council meeting minutes and quarterly financial statements on the website were approved. Assembly defeated a motion to have General Assembly set sanction fees.
- Reduction of starting age for Men at 35 was approved.
- Council was urged to address IMGA issue with urgency. Approved inaugural 2004 Indoor CHs in Sindelfingen, GER, and authorized award of 2006 Indoor CHs at a Special Assembly at Sindelfingen in 2004. During 2002, IMGA elected to change their games date to 2005, clashing with WMA CHs years. This was considered unacceptable and withholding of sanction of their event was debated. Special mention: low number of participants due to political uncertainties (post 9/11 fears) and climate. Well organised CHs; special mention of medical team (Dr. Dwight Santiago). Bus convoys by motor-cycle police. V VP-Stadia (RexHarvey) recommendations for adoption of computer program were followed.
- Next CHs: Stadia 2007 in Riccione, ITA.
XIV. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Brisbane, AUS
- Date: July 1-14, 2001
- LOC: David Lloyd, Kerry Watson, Jacey Octigan, Allan Bell
- Site: ANZ-Stadium
- Athletes: 4,903 competitors
- Countries: 80 countries represented
- Council changes: VP-Stadia-RexHarvey (USA) won over imcumbent JimBlair (NZL), Wom. Rep. was contested and won by Marina Hoernecke-Gil, ESP, over 3 others. 2003 award to Kuala Lumpur, MAL, had to be rescinded because of the LOC’s incapability to carry out its duties. Re-awarded to runner-up Puerto Rico. Assembly: numerous honorary pins were awarded to former office holders. Name change from WAVA to WMA (World Masters Athletics) approved. Changes to Committees (Stadia, Non-Stadia, Medical & Doping, Women’s. Acceptance of IAAF anti-doping procedures and discussions with WADA (World Anti Doping Agency). Agreement to sanction 100K Ultra-Running events, odd-numbered years. Wearing of nationally approved singlets/vests approved.
- Bid awards: Stadia 2005 to San Sebastian, ESP, over Helsinki, FIN, and Sacramento, Calif., USA. Non-Stadia 2004 for Auckland NZL was confirmed.
XIII. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Gateshead, GBR
- Date: July 29 – August 8, 1999
- LOC: Mike Newton
- Site: Gateshead International Stadium
- Athletes: 5,843 competitors
- Countries: 74 Countries represented
- No change in council members (not an election year). Assembly decisions: Honorary memberships and awards newly defined and new awards were bestowed. Extension of Non-Stadia program (XC, Road Relays).
- Relations with IMGA reviewed; recommended: proceed with caution. Gen.Ass’y conducted with simultaneous translation: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian.
- Bid awards for 2003 CHs: Kuala Lumpur, MAL (4th time bidder) won over Cesenatico, ITA and Caguas, PUR.
XII. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Durban, RSA
- Date: July 17-27, 1997
- Site: 2 stadiums
- Athletes: 5,735 competitors
- Countries: 69 countries represented
- Special mention: Early problems regarding officiating were overcome. New council members: Torsten Carlius, Pres. (SWE), Ron Bell, VP-Non-Stadia (GBR), Guiseppe Galfetti, Treasurer (SUI), Monty Hacker, Sec’y (RSA), and Wom. Rep. Bridget Cushen (GBR), others were re-elected. Cesare Beccalli became Past President (one two year term).
- Assembly decisions: change council members term in office from two to four years, limited to two consecutive terms.
- Bid award for Stadia CHs 2001: Brisbane, AUS.
XI. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Buffalo, USA
- Date: July 13-23,1995
- LOC: Vito J. Borrello, Neal Fatin, Robert Greene
- Site: 2 stadiums at U.of Buffalo
- Athletes: 5,335 competitors
- Countries: 81 Countries represented
- New council members elected: Tom Jordan, ExecVP (USA), Jim Blair, VP-Stadia (NZL), others were re-elected. NewContinental Rep’s:Africa-Hannes Booysen (RSA), Europe-WilhelmKoster,GER Oceania- TBD (Stan Perkins was later appointed) Special mention: Difficult temp. Conditions (hot).
- Bid awards for 1999 Stadia CHs to Gateshead, GBR over Kuala Lumpur, MAS and Victoria, CAN. Non-Stadia CHs 1998 awarded to Japan.
X. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Miyazaki, JPN
- Date: Oct. 7-17, 1993
- LOC: Mikio Oda
- Site: 3 tracks, close to Ocean approx.
- Athletes: 11,475 competitors
- Countries: 71 Countries represented
- Council members: all re-elected. New Wom. Rep: Hannelore Guschmann (BEL) Continental Rep’s: one change: So.America-Jorge Alzamora. Important Assembly decisions: Standing Committees formed for: Organising, Advisory, Law & Legislation, Doping Control. Proposal to determine age groups by year of birth rather than birthdate was soundly defeated.
- Bid awards hotly contested: for XI. CHs. Buffalo (USA) won over Malmo (SWE) and Durban (RSA). The bid award for the XII. Chs, 1997, was won by Durban (RSA) over Malmo (SWE), Kuala Lumpur (MAL) and Concepcion (CHI).
- Bid awards for Non-Stadia: unopposed for 1994 Scarborouth (CAN), and 1996 for Brugges (BEL).
IX. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Turku, FIN
- Date: July 18-28,1991
- LOC: Sten-Olof Hansen
- Athletes: 4,802 competitors
- Countries: 56 Countries represented
- New council members: Torsten Carlius (SWE) Sec’y. Most other positions were contested (some closely), imcumbants won. Continental Rep’s.: new addition: Africa, Pascal Mouassiposso Mackonguy (CON), No.&Centr.America-Rex Harvey (USA). Special mention: IAAF concerned over WAVA council discord on IAAF future involvement. Important Gen.Ass’y decisions: IAAF Rep on WAVA council; limit Past President’s tenure to one two-yr term; drug-testing in future CHs. Clem Green and Alastair Lynn elected Honorary Life VP’s.
- Bid award for X. CHs to Miyazaki, JPN. Plans for award of XI. CHs in Singapore were withdrawn.
VIII. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Eugene, Oregon, USA
- Date: July 27 – Aug. 6, 1989
- LOC: TomJordan, Barbara Kousky
- Site: Hayward Field
- Athletes: 4,754 competitors
- Countries: 57 countries represented
- Some new council members: Robert Fine (USA) ExecVP, Jacques Serruys (BEL) VP-NonStadia, Bill Taylor (GBR) VP-Stadia, all others re-`elected. Continental Rep’s: Asia-Hari Chandra (SIN), Europe-Hans Axmann(GER), No. & Central America-David Pain (USA), SO.America-Jose Figueras (URU), Oceania -JimBlair (NZL). Special mention: IAAF Veteran Committe chair Hans Skaset applauded the meet. 1st Russian athletes to compete. More spectators than in the past. Council disagreement over IAAF’s future role: WAVA co-operation or autonomy. Decision: Non-Stadia events bi-annually in even-numbered years, starting 1992.
VII. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Melbourne, AUS
- Date: Nov. 29 – Dec. 6, 1987
- LOC: Peg Smith, Ray Callaghan
- Athletes: 4,817 competitors
- Coutries: 52 Countries represented
- New Council: Cesare Beccalli, Pres. (ITA), Peg Smith, ExecVP (AUS), Robert Fine, VP-T&F (USA), Clem Green, VP Rd & Country (NZL), Alistair Lynn, Sec’y (CAN), AI Sheahan,Treasurer(USA),Bridget Cushen,(GBR) continued as Wom.Rep., Don Farquharson (CAN) became the first Past President (held this office untill 1993.) Continental Rep’s: Asia-Hariomataram, Africa- none, Europe-Hans Axmann GER, NO.Ameria-David Pain (USA), So.America-Juan Kulzer, Oceania-Jim Blair NZL.
- IGAL announced to join WAVA in Seoul, KOR, Oct. 1988.
- Bid award for VIII. CHs to Eugene, Oregon, USA.
VI. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Rome, ITA
- Date: June 22-30, 1985
- LOC: Cesare Beccalli
- Site: 1960 Olympic Stadium + 3 others
- Athletes: 4,330 competitors
- Countries: 48 Countries represented
- Special events: Or. Primo Nebiolo, Pres. Of IAAF + FIDAL (ITA) was present at the opening ceremony. 4,000 competitors and their families met Pope Paolo Giovanni 11 in St. Peter Square. Council completely re-elected, but soon thereafter, ExecVP Wal Sheppard died, this position was filled by Robert Fine (USA). New Continental Rep (in replacement of Robert Fine): David Pain (USA).
- Bid award for VII. CHs to Melbourne, AUS. The WAVA-IAAF Veteran Committee was disbanded over disagreement of admission of South African Masters Athletic Association as affiliate. IAAF formed their own Veteran Committee (4 WAVA council members + one of US Masters became members).
V. World Championships Stadia
- Local: San Juan, PUR
- Date: Sept 23 – 30, 1983
- Athletes: 1,935 competitors
- Countries: 47 Countries represented
- Council re-elected, changes: Alastair Lynn, Treas. (CAN), Bridget Cushen, Wom.Rep., Roland Jerneryd was elected Honorary VP for Life, Wal Sheppard (AUS) became ExecVP. New Continental Rep: Asia-Milkha Singh (IND), replacing Hideo Okada (had died) CHs had organisational problems in the beginning; problems also included the admission of RSA athletes. High temp’s and humidity caused problems.
- In 1983, IAAF formed a Veteran Wing and requested WAVA to continue CHs under IAAF’s guidance. Gen’l Assembly voted continued discussions (Chair-Hans Skaset)
- Bid award for VI. CHs went to Italy.
IV. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Christchurch, NZL
- Date: Jan 7 – 14, 1981
- LOC: John Macdonald
- Athletes: 2,400 competitors
- Countries: 44 countries represented
- Council re-elected, with Hans Axmann becoming VP-T&F, Jacques Serruys VPRoad Racing, Roland Jerneryd was elected Exec.vp, Owen Flaherty, Sec’y (Scotland).
- New Continental Rep’s: So.Am.-Hermann Figueroa(CHI), Oceania-Clem Green(NZL)
- Bid award f. V. CHs went surprisingly to San Juan PUR over Greece.
Ill. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Hanover, GER
- Date: July 27 – Aug.2, 1979
- LOC: DL V, K. Wilhelm Köster
- Site: Lower Saxony Stadium
- Athletes: 3,126 competitors
- Countries: 42 countries represented
- Council re-elected, with the addition of Hans Axmann (GER) as co-opted officer f. track&field, while Jacques Serruys was assigned off-track events. New Worn. Rep. became Jean O-Neill (AUS).
- IGAL (Pres.Arthur Lambert) organised Road Racing CHs.
- Bid award f. IV. CHs to NZL by a small margin over AUS. First time any income for WAVA: competitors’ levy.
II. World Championships Stadia
- Local: Gothenburg, SWE
- Date: Aug. 8 – 13, 1977
- LOC: Roland Jerneryd site: Slottskogsvallen Stadium
- Athletes: 2,670 competitors
- Countries: 45 Countries represented
- Aug. 9, 1977 WAVA officially founded
- First Executive elected: Don Farquharson, Pres. (CAN), Jacques Serruys, VP (BEL), Roland Jerneryd, Sec’y (SWE), Harm Hendricks, Treas. (NED), Hazel Rider, Worn. Rep. (GBR). Contin.Rep’s: Asia-Hideo Okada (JAP), Europe-Cesare Beccalli (ITA), Oceania Wal Sheppard (AUS), No.Am.-Robert Fine (USA), So.Am.-Jose Tejeiro Santos (VEN), Africa-Danie Burger (RSA). Constitution was approved.
- Bid award to West Germany for 3rd CHs, 7/1979.
I. World Championships Stadia
Local: Toronto, CAN
Date: Aug. 11 – 16, 1975
LOC: Canadian Masters (Don Farquharson)
Athletes: 1,427 Competitors
Countries: 32 countries represented
Meeting formed WAVA (World Association of Veteran Athletes) Steering Committee: Jack Fitzgerald, Chair (GBR), Don Farquharson,
Sec’y and Treas. (CAN), members: David Pain (USA), Wal Sheppard (AUS), Maeve Kyle (NIR), Jacques Serruys (BEL), Robert Fine (USA), lan Hume (CAN), Konrad Hernelind (SWE).
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