CMA e-News 2019 - 2020 season

On this page you will find the latest e-news and information about up-coming events.  

We at CMA will do our best to keep you up-to-date with what's on and what's happened. However, we would be more than happy if there was someone else out there who also wanted to join the team and help learn how to update the website.

We will add news as and when required.  To read more, scroll down.

Sunday 16th February 2020 e-News:

It has been a long time since I wrote on this website.  It has been an extremely busy and demanding season, as Athletics Canterbury have introduced online entries that has increased the work required during the week to be ready for the interclub meets.  Given most Canterbury Masters members belong to clubs too, the best place to know what is going on each week is to look at the Athletics Canterbury website, particularly the CALENDAR on the HOME PAGE.  Bookmark this website link:

This weekend we have our CMA Championships and for the first time, we have combined our event with the Centre event.  Athletics Canterbury have also introduced an Under 16 grade.  Click on the link below to find out information about the event.  Halfway down the page is the online entry link.

Look forward to see you this weekend.  No long until NZMA Championships in Hastings.

Saturday 14th September 2019 e-News:

Recently the Oceania Masters Track & Field Championships were held in Mackay, Australia.  There were over 450 entries, 94 from New Zealand, with thirteen from Canterbury.  I am currently compiling the performances of the Canterbury athletes and this will be publsihed soon. 

My brief opinion of how the event was run was that they could have done better.  The lack of an official printed programme, a non-timed detailed track programme once entries were confirmed and track events being brought forward meant there were some upset athletes who either missed an event or arrived just in time to compete.  I am not sure how well the field events were run? 

If I sound a bit negative, as a person who has organised numerous major events, it's the simple things done correctly that enhances the experience for the athletes, and that's what let this event down.  Despite the frustration this caused for some, several of our athletes performed very well and the weather was fantastic, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 31 degrees.

2019 CMA AGM:

At the recent AGM, I was re-elected again as President, with the same committee members as last season, except Anne Davison who stepped down as Secretary.  Thank you Anne for your contribution over the past few seasons.  Anne is a keen and experienced official, so is still fully involved.

On the night Bernedette Jago offered to take the secretary role.  With the masters events now almost fully integrated within an Athletics Canterbury event, one of the major discussions on the night was how we promote Masters to the community.  That will be the focus going forward, with the aim to create community events based at Nga Puna Wai.  If you are interested in being involved, please let me know.

NZMA / CMA 2019 -2020 Registrations are NOW due:

It's that time on the year and registrations for all NON-CLUB CMA members is now due. 

CLICK HERE to find out how to register.

If you are a current financial member of an Athletics New Zealand club, you are automatically able to compete in track and track events organised in Canterbury.

This season, Athletics Canterbury is planning to implement online pre-entering to all interclub meetings.  The system is currently being created and more details will be made available ASAP.  We will have a link from this website to the entry process.

South Island Masters Track & Field Championships:

Due to Nga Puna Wai being unavailable on Friday 15th November, this is now a two day event.  Remember that within this meeting there will be normal Athletics Canterbury interclub events, plus the South Island Combined Events.

CLICK HERE to find out more information and to enter this event.

No long to go now before Opening Day - 12th October 2019!   

CLICK HERE to download the full 2019 - 2020 season's programme.


Andrew Stark

(CMA President)