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Henley Memorial Oval
Cudmore Terrace
Henley Beach
Oct 16th 2015, 6:00 pm

Entrylist / Handicaps
Available soon
Schedule of Events
Race day schedule available here

Latest Results

Pulteney / McKinnon Parade Carnval
  • 70 Open
    1st Peter Biggs
    Time: 7.605 (11 m)
    2nd Oliver Callahan
    Time: 7.634 (8.5 m)
    3rd Mitchell Tucker
    Time: 7.673 (5 m)

  • 70 Women
    1st Helena Schwerdt
    Time: 8.447 (6.5 m)
    2nd Kellie Symons
    Time: 8.546 (8.75 m)
    3rd Lauren Buchanan
    Time: 8.571 (6.5 m)

  • 200 Open
    1st David Girolamo
    Time: 20.960 (28 m)
    2nd Christopher Simpson
    Time: 21.070 (24 m)
    3rd Nickolas Berry
    Time: 21.190 (24 m)

  • 200 Women
    1st Kellie Symons
    Time: 23.310 (26 m)
    2nd Hayley Openshaw
    Time: 23.440 (20 m)
    3rd Mikayla Round
    Time: 23.500 (23 m)

  • 200 Over 35
    1st Mark Burns
    Time: 22.790 (22 m)
    2nd Mark Howson
    Time: 23.010 (38 m)
    3rd Lyn Peake
    Time: 23.070 (48 m)

  • 400 Under 20
    1st Kate Monks
    Time: 49.200 (86 m)
    2nd Jacobi Ponury
    Time: 51.290 (28 m)
    3rd Hayden Rothe
    Time: 51.500 (0 m)

  • 400 Under 14
    1st Meg Bentley
    Time: 55.770 (110 m)
    2nd Emma Kitto
    Time: 56.030 (70 m)
    3rd Alexis McDougall
    Time: 56.080 (120 m)

  • 800 Over 45
    1st Mick Abbott
    Time: 2:06.30 (100 m)
    2nd Mark Beveridge
    Time: 2:07.46 (15 m)
    3rd Peter Brennan
    Time: 2:07.60 (85 m)

  • 800 Under 17
    1st Sebastian Jurado
    Time: 2:01.96 (150 m)
    2nd Connor Richmond-Spouse
    Time: 2:05.68 (40 m)
    3rd Cameron Vinall
    Time: 2:06.00 (30 m)

  • 1600 Open
    1st Stephen Jelfs
    Time: 4:05.30 (170 m)
    2nd Lachlan Scott
    Time: 4:05.36 (110 m)
    3rd Chad Truscott
    Time: 4:09.23 (250 m)

  • 1600 Women
    1st Lisa Davis
    Time: 4:50.55 (145 m)
    2nd Emily Hyde
    Time: 4:54.12 (115 m)
    3rd Lisa Roberts
    Time: 4:55.35 (295 m)

Complete results here

Closing Soon

Nominations close soon for the following meetings:

Toby Schreier Flinders Pro Meet - Nov 1st 2015
Closes 05/10/2015 *extended*

Port Adelaide - Nov 7th 2015
Closes 12/10/2015

Western Districts Gift Carnival - Nov 20th 2015
Closes 26/10/2015

Nominate here
Registration Prices 2015 - 2016  
Category With coach Self trained
Open $180 $195
Women $150 $165
First year open** $110 $125
Under 20 $110 $125
Under 17 $85 N/A
Over 35 $110 $130
Coach only $20 N/A
Coach / Athlete $190 N/A
Country $115 $120
AWD $80 $90
Under 14* $85 N/A

*Under 14 and Under 17 athletes must be registered with a coach and cannot be self trained.
** Athlete who has not previously run with SAAL

The SA Athletic League's Mission Statement:

"To promote athletics as an enjoyable, healthy sport for people of all categories and abilities."

Latest News

Under 17 events

There have been some problem with the nominations for the Under 17 races.
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The issue has now been resolved, and all Under 14 and Under 17 athletes should be able to enter the Under 17 events that have been separated into boys and girls races. Thank you for your patience, while we addressed this problem. Kind regards, Michelle

Nominations open for Henley, Flinders and Port Adelaide.

Nominations are now open for the first 3 carnivals of the season.
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If you haven't already done so, renew your registration and nominate for these upcoming events. Only 46 days until season 2015 / 2016 of the SA Athletic League begins!

Season 2015 / 2016 Carnival Dates






Closing Date

16 Oct 2015

Henley Memorial Oval-Cudmore Terrace, Henley Beach (FRI night)

14 Sept 2015

1 Nov 2015

Flinders - Flinders University Athletic Oval (SUN)

5 October 2015

7 Nov 2015

Port Adelaide - Alan Iverson Reserve (SAT night)

12 October 2015

20 Nov 2015

Western Districts Athletic Carnival - Ellis Park, Adelaide (FRI night)

26 October 2015

29 Nov 2015

Sacred Heart - Sacred Heart College Senior Main Oval (SUN)

2 Nov 2015

6 Dec 2015

Colley Reserve Pre Bay - Colley Terrace, Glenelg (SUN)

9 Nov 2015

13 Dec 2015

Brighton - Brighton Oval, Brighton Road (SUN)

16 Nov 2015

27 / 28 Dec 2015

Bay Sheffield - Colley Reserve Glenelg (SUN / MON)

9 Nov 2015

10 Jan 2016

Marion - Marion Sports & Community Club Oval, Sturt Road Marion (SUN)

14 Dec 2015

23rd Jan 2016

Tea Tree Gully - Bulkana Oval, Spring Crescent, Banksia Park (SAT night)

28 Dec 2015

7 Feb 2016

Camden - Camden Oval, Anzac Highway (SUN)

11 Jan 2016

21 Feb 2016

Hectorville - Daly Oval, Fisher Street, Hectorville (SUN)

25 Jan 2016

27 Feb 2016

Loxton - Loxton Sport & Recreation Oval, Bookpurnong Terrace, Loxton (SAT night)

1 Feb 2016

5 Mar 2016

Flagstaff - Flagstaff Hill Oval, Black Road, Flagstaff Hill (SAT night)

8 Feb 2016

20 Mar 2016

Pulteney/McKinnon - Pulteney Grammar Oval, South Terrace, Adelaide (SUN)

23 Feb 2016

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2015 Bay Sheffield

The SAAL have completed a review of the 2014 Bay Sheffield event, and have decided to continue the Bay Sheffield as a 2 day carnival in 2015.
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The 2015 Bay Sheffield carnival will continue to be held on the 27th and 28th December in 2015.

Doing SA proud!

Congratulations and well done to all SAAL athletes who travelled to Stawell over Easter and experienced some success.
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Whether it was your first trip over, a serious (or successful!) crack at a Stawell sash, the end of a fulfilling pro career or part of a plan for future success, we hope you all are happy with what you've achieved! Kind regards, Michelle and Deb

2014 Camden Women’s Classic Winner - Katherine Robb

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My love for athletics began at the age of 5 when I became a member of the Woodville Little Athletics Club. My initial memories were not around running fast races or cracking PBs, but instead involved messing about with new friends, eating Chicos and Mars Bars, and heading to the beach for a swim after. They were the reasons why I loved getting up every Saturday morning over the summer. As I progressed through the age groups of Little Athletics, I became more competitive and found a real passion for not only the sprint races but also the jumps, in particular the high jump. I began training under Greg Adams at Port Adelaide at the age of 9 and even though his sessions were purely running based, my passion for High Jump remained. I would practise jumping night after night on my trampoline at home, getting a few tips on my technique from my dad (who has no high jump background!). The tips from Greg and my dad and the regular trampoline practise obviously helped as I went on to achieve success at a national level in the U16 and U18 age groups. As I grew older my body became stronger and I was not quite lean enough to become a successful High Jumper in the open age group. I remember my second coach Stan Miller saying, “you don’t choose the event, the event chooses you”, meaning my build was made for sprinting rather than jumping. My focus then became purely on 200m and 400m sprinting. My years of 400m training finally paid off in my later junior years where I achieved a bronze medal in the Australian All Schools Championships in 2005. The following year I was fortunate enough to run at the MCG in the Victorian Championships where I ran my PB of 55.7. The same weekend I also raced in the Australian relay championships, representing Port Adelaide Athletics club. Our 4x 400m team made up of myself, Sheena Steinert and former Camden Classic winners Damaris Christinat and Pirrenee Steinert won gold. To be a part of a team of such quality runners was one of the best experiences of my running career. Greg Adams first introduced me to the Pro Circuit as a 15 year old where I placed second in my first 120m race at Camden Oval. I loved the social atmosphere and the thrill of chasing down runners, rather than chasing times. The following year I raced in my first Camden Classic. I hadn’t heard much about the event and was unaware of the rich history behind the race. I made the final and placed fourth and remember not feeling phased about it all. It wasn’t until the years went on that I learned about the history and meaning behind the prestigious race. Recognising this and having a 400m base, my drive to win the Camden Classic was much higher than that of any other race including the Bay Sheffield or the Stawell Gift. Leading up to my third Camden Classic in 2006, I was in peak form, running recent PBs on the track and feeling the fittest I have ever felt. I ran a quick heat to win easily and felt like I still had plenty of fuel in the tank to run a fast final. Lining up for the final I was feeling very confident, despite having Pirrenee Steinert, who was in great form, behind me. Unfortunately the race did not plan out the way I had hoped, where it turned into a one on one battle with Pirrenee and myself into the home straight. She was too strong in the end and deservingly won the race by a nose length. Coming second to an extremely quality runner like Pirrenee made it so much easier to accept and I remember thinking I had many more years of running and opportunities ahead of me. Little did I know it would take me another 8 years to finally win one… In early 2013, I made the tough decision to leave my coach Steve Butler, close friends and loyal stable at Mckinnon Parade, to begin training with a much smaller squad under Michael Hane. I pushed through a tough pre season, where Haney provided me with a personalised program that got me fit and strong (unfortunately many push ups, planks and sessions of running in the cold rain were involved!). As I lined up for my 11th Camden Classic in 2014, I felt like it was my year. I knew I had done the hard work and I finally felt as fit as I was when I had run my PB times back in 2006. I made it through to my 9th Camden Classic final with ease and remember feeling ridiculously nervous as I lined up at the start line. I had raced this race too many years and had made more than enough finals to not win this one, so I felt the pressure was on. As the gun fired, I got away with a quick start. I tried to run fast but relaxed down the back straight as I began to catch the other runners one by one. As I came up to the bend I remember thinking only 200m to go and I knew that was where I had to kick. Coming into the home straight I was in second position with Hettie Driscoll only a touch in front of me. She was running extremely well and I knew it was going to be a tough fight to the end. The thought of all the hard training I had completed over the winter and the sacrifices I had made pushed me through that pain barrier as I finally broke away from Hettie and won the race I had been aiming for my whole Professional running career. 11 years and 9 finals later I had finally done it. I think I felt more relieved than anything and to finally win a race that meant so much to me made all that time and effort of training worthwhile. It is an absolute honour to now be a part of the Camden Classic winners and I have many people to thank for that. My dad, mum, Bob and partner Casey for their ongoing support and encouragement over the many years. My four coaches throughout my running career; Greg Adams who introduced me to the sport, Stan Miller who pushed me through many crazy sessions, Steve Butler who created a fun atmosphere at training and of course Michael Hane for all his hard work enabling me to finally achieve my goal. I would also like to say a special thank you to my sister Amy, who has been my number one training partner over the many years. It seems to be that when she is running well, I am not, and vice versa, but no matter the result, she is always supportive and happy for me. Finally a massive thank you to the SAAL officials, organisers and sponsors for making such races as the Camden Classic possible and for providing a sport that creates excitement and enjoyment for everyone involved.


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In the lead up to the 2014 Camden Classic, my coach Mark Hipworth and I decided that it would be wise to nail a big 400m then revert my attention back to the 120m Gifts. I came 5th a month prior in the Davenport 400m which I was leading comfortably on the home straight, but my 400m fitness proved weak when I was trumped by the rest of the field. The month of January I was determined more than ever to train really well, eat well and get plenty of massages. Hippo had a session that I did twice a week which improved my 400m stamina dramatically. This included 4X60m sprints, 3X200m and a 300m sprint. By mid-January I was nailing the session and I knew that I did everything possible to give myself the best chance of winning the Camden Classic. I was lucky enough to get to spend the whole week in Adelaide. Simon and Jessica Thompson had a beautiful wedding the weekend prior to the Camden Classic in magnificent Stirling. I completed most of my training sessions in the heat and at the Camden Classic track to try and acclimatise and visualise my race before the big the race. Simon Thompson had been helping me all week with massages, clocking my times at training and advice about the athletes that were likely to be in with a strong chance. Simon had mentioned to me before the heat that Ashley Brown was the best chance in my heat and that I should keep my sights on him which I did. I had followed him into the home straight and then gave it everything that I had to win the heat. I had about 50 minutes before the final to prepare so all I did was jog really slowly for 30 minutes to try and alleviate the lactic acid from my whole body and prevent cramping up. I felt my body had recovered really well prior to the final and started to feel sharp again. Another Victorian coach, John Henry, had pulled me aside and gave me some great advice and said don't sit behind Ashley Brown in the final, pass him as soon as you get the chance. Standing shoulder to shoulder next to my competition before the start, really reminded me that it all comes down to the next 3 minutes. All I was focusing on was the start and specifically a quote that I had learnt from Jim Bradley (an old coach), was 'wait for the gun' and 'B of the Bang wee lads' and kept repeating 'B of the bang, B of the bang'. Anxiously awaiting the 2 whistles and the gun, heart racing, the gun had released the field. Now my aim was to get to Ashley Brown and pass him and relax into a nice stride which I did. I felt that no one was an immediate threat until 200m to go when my training partner Cameron Clayton was on my shoulder. All that went through my head was “No! No! No!” because I knew he had a much better lactic threshold level than me and I thought he was going to get me for sure. I kept relaxed and he dropped off. With 150m to go, I was in a world of pain and, as silly as this may sound, all I was thinking was “win and don’t give up as it means no more 400's” – something that my coach Mark Hipworth agreed on when I won a major 400m race. I threw everything that I had at the line, pumping my arms as hard as I could and ensuring that I ran through the line. As soon as I crossed the line I thought to myself, 'wow I am a winner of a major Australian professional race and it's a 400m...“Yessss!” After the race, my training partners James Collier, Michael Marantelli, Robbie Keenan and Cameron Clayton and great friends Simon and Jessica Thompson all embraced and congratulated me, which is a treasured and lasting memory. An unexpected well-wish came from 2nd place getter Kostya Khudoshin. To me this was the best show of sportsmanship I had ever come across and a definite highlight of my weekend. I was so fatigued post-race all I mumbled to Simon and Jessica was 'help me take my shoes off please' which they gladly did. The Camden Classic, wow what a race!!! Thanks to my sponsors Harry's Cabinets and City Circle for their ongoing support. A special thanks to Mark Hipworth and Mark O'Brien for selflessly devoting their time and energy into me so that I could compete at such a high standard again.

Declare times and personal bests

It is the athlete's responsibility to declare their personal bests, as well their 10 most recent performances outside the SAAL.
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Times can be submitted via email, and the office will forward them to the handicappers.

Re-registration and password retrieval

If you have been a member of the SAAL before please note you should re-register, rather than create a new membership. To do this you will require a password.
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A password retrieval system is now in place for those who have forgotten/lost their password from previous seasons. If you select “Athlete Tools” and scroll down to “Retrieve Password”, you can follow the prompts to reset your password.

Registrations now Open!!!

Registrations for season 2015 / 2016 are now open.
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Fees are slightly cheaper in the early bird period, which runs through until 31 July 2015. Hope to see and hear from you all soon. Kind regards, Michelle and Deb