Master track and field athletics was first
introduced into Australia by a few Master athletes (mainly
from Western Australia) who heard that USA athletes were competing
in Master age groups of ten years. The first US Masters track
and field competition was held in San Diego in 1968. In 1973
the first Australian Master track and field championships were
held in Melbourne with a team also competing from the USA.
The first state to officially form a Master track and field
club was South Australia on April 14, 1971. The inaugural meeting
of the New South Wales club was held on April 20, 1971.
The Victorian and Queensland Master clubs were formed in 1973.
In 1974 the first meeting of the Australian Association of
Master Athletics Clubs was held, while a Masters club for men
only was formed in Western Australia (women were admitted in
Master clubs were formed in Tasmania and Australian Capital
Territory in 1979.
In 1983, Queensland women were given full membership of their
The first Australian Grand Prix in which Master athletes were
invited to compete was held in 1995.