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AUSTRALIAN MASTERS ATHLETICS Inc
Constitution, Strategic Plan, By-Laws and other General Information
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Updated: 24-05-2020
SAMA's current position statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (as at 24/5/2020) can be downloaded as a PDF.
All group activities of SA Masters Athletics have been suspended until after 5 June at the earliest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This decision has not been made lightly by the Committee. Following a strong recommendation from Athletics SA, as a member club, SAMA has decided to curtail its competitions for an indefinite period, in the interests of the health and safety of our athletes, officials, volunteers and their families. As a Masters club our demographic includes a large proportion of people above 60 years of age, and this decision is consistent with the government policy on social distancing as one means of minimising infection by the Coronavirus.
SA Masters Athletics is committed to observing all precautions that have been and may be introduced in the future to curb the spread of COVID-9 in the South Australian (SA) community. The SA Government has now released a SA Road Map for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions, and Fact Sheets have been provided about how the Road Map affects different aspects of the community including sport. The latest information about the measures put in place by the SA Government can be found at https://www.sa.gov.au/covid-19.
Road Map for Easing Restrictions in SA
Athletics SA have provided guidelines on how Step 1 of the SA Road Map for Easing COVID-19 Restrictions commencing on 11 May 2020 impacts upon the sport of Athletics in South Australia. At this stage only training is permitted, and strict conditions must be complied with (for details refer to https://www.athleticssa.com.au/news/road-map-for-easing-restrictions-in-sa/ ).
SA Masters Athletics fully supports the recommendations in these ASA Guidelines, in particular regarding the running of group training sessions.
Athletics SA has also provided a number of resources to assist clubs and coaches to comply with the restrictions, including Return to Training Protocols, Register and Checklist forms, guidelines for Infection Control, and links to other resources to keep people informed. These are available at https://www.athleticssa.com.au/club/returntotraining/.
Winter Season 2020
It is unlikely that the SAMA 2020 Winter season will occur in the way that we originally planned, and a modified competition may be introduced from 13 June 2020. Further details will be announced in the near future.
In the meantime, to encourage its members to exercise individually, SAMA instigated a Virtual Winter Competition that commenced on 31 March. See the Programs page for details.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS DURING SAMA COMPETITION
Air pollution (including smoke from bushfires) can have detrimental effects on the performance and health of athletes. In particular, high risk groups such as people over 65 and individuals suffering from medical conditions such as Asthma are advised to take precautions when the air quality is poor (see the position statement by the Australian Institute of Sport).
The EPA in South Australia monitors levels of air quality in Adelaide. Current levels can be found here.
SAMA STRATEGIC PLAN
SAMA has a formal set of documents which outline both our overall policies and the way we run our Club. The major policies are those that have been in place for many years and are necessary for an organisation like ours (privacy, risk etc). Others are the general rules by which the Club operates and have not previously been laid out. In addition there are two guidelines covering the SAMA Awards and handicapping.
These documents support our Constitution and require members to comply with them. The initial By-Laws were approved at the Annual General Meeting on 22 June 2013. They were updated in 2014 to include a Member Protection Policy, a Code Of Conduct, a Child Safe Environment Policy, a Volunteer Policy, and a Work, Health and Safety Policy. These have been added as requirements for our continued use of Government facilities (SA Athletics Stadium) and eligibility for membership of the Star Club (to enable Government grant funding opportunities), but are useful documents to assist in the appropriate running of our Club. The By-Laws have been updated again in 2016, in 2018 and in 2019 as approved at the AGMs held those years.
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AN IMPORTANT WEAPON IN SAMA'S SAFETY ARMOURY
SAMA is the proud owner of a defibrillator as further insurance for our members. While we have had trained first aid officers for some time now our members have still been exposed to the possibility of sudden cardiac arrest without proper equipment to deal with it. Thanks to financial assistance from the City Bay Fun Run Trust and a special deal from the Red Cross we were able to purchase a defibrillator for the Club.
The defibrillator that SAMA has acquired is for use on victims of sudden cardiac arrest who are:
• Unconscious and unresponsive
• Not breathing
It is not for use if the patient shows any of the following signs:
• Conscious and/or responsive
• Has a detectable pulse
It is designed to be easy to use, portable, and battery powered. Voice prompts, text prompts, and a display screen with visual prompts provide a simple interface for the operator.