Issue 31 - In This Issue:
World Masters Rankings helps
Striving to fill your needs and enhance your experience in Masters Athletics!
Many know how MastersRankings evolves, much based on athlete requests and feedback, to meet your needs. The two biggest, where do I stand and where do I compete, are the major focus for MastersRankings. The goal is to keep performances up-to-date so you can see how well you are doing and keep track of your competitors. Keeping the lists up-to-date is a huge undertaking but, as you can see in the By the Numbers section of this email, is improving immensely. This is much due to the growing number of people who are devoted to insert results which includes a growing number of your national statisticians - many thanks to all. Daily performances from the WMA Championships in Perth and Daegu were loaded within 12 hours of the competitions ending. This also happens with many other competitions like the World Masters Games (all available results have been inserted daily) and, this year, you'll see more complete meet results loaded the same day of a meet. More meet organizers are becoming aware and want to help ensure results are in the rankings.

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Benefits of having a MastersRankings' membership:
  • View complete 2017 lists throughout the year
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  • View all performances in MastersRankings' system (a very versatile tool with comparisons for athletes and countries with all listed performances)
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Upcoming Competitions
Many interesting meets and great travel destinations 

The Upcoming Competitions is still in its infancy and needs meet organizers' and your help to be a better resource. I will continue to think about and implement ways to make this effective. It is important to have a good, central resource with these competitions. 

Many of you have said you really like the Upcoming Competition Promotions. It has been interesting working with these meet organizers and seeing how passionate they are about putting on great events for you. To reduce the number of communications you receive from me, I've put this month's meet promotions lower in this newsletter.  

Ranked Athlete Spotlight

I started throwing the javelin in my early teens and reached 50 meters at 19, winning a couple of County Championships (Norway). I was rubbish at any other event. I then went in the Army for 2 years, so very little throwing, - followed by 4 years in England studying Physiotherapy, during which I had a 'partial subluxation' of C2 on C3 (same level as Christopher Reeve/Superman) when landing on my head attempting gymnastics. The two vertebrae were fused together using steel wire and bone chips from my pelvis.

Want to be featured in future Spotlights? Have a compelling or motivating story? We'd love to feature you. Email me @ with a little about you and your compelling story and I will send you a few questions to facilitate writing the article.
By the Numbers & Meet Results
Since Last Report:
  • 36,344 Performances Added (357 by Athletes)
  • Representing 10,275 Athletes from 61 Countries
  • 5,742 new athletes listed
Sample of Complete Meet Results Added:
Additionally, several thousand performances from 2013 - 2015 for Norwegian athletes, 2017 indoor rankings from Spain & Poland were inserted.

Photo by Tom Phillips

Notable Newly Entered Performances in the Rankings:

Note: all of these are links to the athletes' profile, meet results in MastersRankings and the rankings list for this event (respectively)

Tserendolgor Tumurbat, MGL World Masters Games, NZL 9.73 in W75 Shot Put (2 Kg)
John Goldhammer, USA Mt Sac Relays, USA 53.76 in M60 Hammer Throw (5 Kg)
Ludmila Tisinova, ARG Torneo No. 3 Cadav, ARG 7.98 in W80 Shot Put (2 Kg)
Ian Reed, USA Hartnell Spring Fling (Open/Masters Day), USA 29.60 in M85 Discus (1 Kg)
David Carr, AUS Mawa State Championships, AUS 3:05.18 in M80 800 Meter Run
Nuria Fernández Dominguez, ESP Track & Field Meet, SRB 8:58.20 in W40 3000 Meter Run
Jeanne Daprano, USA World Masters Games, NZL 3:55.37 in W80 800 Meter Run
Sally Gibbs, NZL World Masters Games, NZL 17:59.92 in W50 5000 Meter Run
Christa Bortignon, CAN 2017 Bc Masters Indoor Championships, CAN 7.42 in W80 Triple Jump
Ruth Beitia Vila, ESP Track & Field Meet, ESP 1.98 in W35 High Jump
Paul Babits, USA Ball State Challenge, USA 4.30 in M55 Pole Vault
Deann Mayfield, AUS QMA T&f Championships, AUS 1.50 in W55 High Jump
Kathy Bergen, USA Mt Sac Relays, USA 15.75 in W75 100 Meter Dash
Karnell Vickers, USA Olympia Resources Meet 3, USA 7.21 in M50 60 Meter Dash
Carol Davis, AUS QMA Gc & Southern Championships, AUS 9.35 in W65 60 Meter Dash
Allen Woodard, USA 66th Annual Tsu Relays, USA 49.09 in M45 400 Meter Run
Marjorie Allison, AUS World Masters Games, NZL 38.71 in W70 200 Meter Hurdles
Antonín Kábele, CZE World Masters Games, NZL 55.54 in M80 200 Meter Hurdles
Victoria Mitchell, AUS All Comers Answ, AUS 6:23.78 in W30 2000m Steeplechase
Charmain Barnard, RSA Gauteng North Master Champs, RSA 12.05 in W45 80 Meter Hurdles
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Great Competitions and Travel Destinations:

Unique medals, wonderful souvenirs (for everyone) and a great travel destination!Japan
Everyone is welcome - there are many reasons to attend the 38th All Japan Masters Championships.

City of Wakayama is a birth place of Japan masters track and field. The president of Japan Masters Athletics, Kiyoshi Konoike, founded the Japan masters athletics in 1977. After he competed at the 2nd World Masters Athletics in Sweden, Kiyoshi decided that he wanted to start masters track and field in Japan and promote as lifetime sport. His life's work continues. With his passion and dedication, the City of Wakayama has hosted the national (and international) masters track and field championships four times. 

Wakayama is a fantastic travel destination with great local products, like the very sweet Onshu tangerine and Kishu `umeboshi` (salted plums - recently, Dr. Oz show introduced that umeboshi is the great source of probiotics), plus Wakayama is the seafood lovers' paradise! 
  • Wakayama castle - The Tokugawa Shogun Family used to reside in this castle
  • Kimiidera - A Buddhist temple founded approximately 1,250 years ago. The stadium is located within the temple park.
  • Beautiful autumn leaves - October, when the championship will be held, is one of the most beautiful seasons in Wakayama. You will enjoy seeing leaves turn to autumn red and orange colors.
What:  38th All Japan Masters Championships
Where:  City of Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture, JPN
When:  27 - 30  October 2017
More Info,  Registration & Schedule:  Click Here

Don't let competing in a mystical land distract you!Malaysia
Malaysia welcomes athletes from everywhere.

31st Malaysian International Open Masters Athletics Championships , in Kuching, Sarawak, the biggest state in Malaysia in the Borneo Island, on 22 - 23rd July 2017.  This is the first  time  this meet is organized in Sarawak, known as mystical land with rich culture and adventurous land.  We hope to get more master athletes from foreign countries this year, not only to participate but also to tour around this adventurous land.

If adventure had a home, it would be the vast wilderness. Grand, green, awesome! Like no other place on earth. If adventure had a home, it would be filled with the friendliest people on earth. People of different races, religions and cultures. If adventure had a home, it would be here when one arrives as a guest and leaves as family. If adventure had a home, its home would be Sarawak. Come and explore our vast wild home of adventure. Sarawak, where adventure lives. Visit Sarawak!

What:  31st Malaysian International Open Masters Athletics Championships
Where:  Kuching, Sarawak
When:  13 May 2017
Registration:   Click Here 
Schedule: Click Here

Represent Your CountryWMA
Imagine standing on the medals podium and hearing your National Anthem

World Masters Athletics (WMA) is comprised of six regions, Africa, Asia, Europe, NCCWMA, Oceania and South America. Each region has championships (not necessarily contested each year) where athletes of all capabilities compete while representing their country. There is nothing like competing wearing your nation's team uniform. Very special watching athletes receive medals, just like the Olympics, on medal stands while the gold medalist's National Anthem is played. Most of the championships below welcome athletes from other regions.

2017 WMA Regional Championships:
Where: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
When: 25 - 27 August 2017 ( Register)

Where:  Jiangsu Rugao Olympic Centre, Rugao City, China
When: 24th - 28th September 2017
Dateline for submission of Entry is 23 June, 2017:  ( Register)

Where: Aarhus, Denmark
When: 27. July - 6. August 2017 ( Register)

When:  August 11-13
Registration: Click Here

Where: Dunedin, New Zealand
When:  20 January 2018 to 27 January 2018

Where: Santiago, Chile
When: 06 al 12 de Noviembre

TO2020 Striving to be Phenomenal  Toronto
Athlete feedback, requests and suggestions essential. 

You can preview the venues of the World Masters Championships in 2020 when you attend the Ontario Championships at Varsity Stadium on August 5-6, and then, four days later, the Nationals at the York Lions Stadium August 11-13. They are the two main venues for the Worlds. Four days won't be enough to visit all of the exciting attractions that Toronto has to offer. Check out the Toronto Visitor information on the WMAToronto2020 site;

Meet entries are in Canadian dollars which has a very favorable exchange rate to many currencies.
Register online on the Competitions page at . Non-Canadians are most welcome and should use the code 'USATF' where it asks for a 'Member ID'. Duplicate medals are awarded to non-Canadians.

Where: Toronto, Canada
When: August 5 - 6, 2017

When:  August 11 - 13, 2017

Many Great USATF OpportunitiesUSATF
Association, Regional & National competitions welcome all athletes.

Many are not aware that USATF events are open to everyone, regardless of capabilities. Additionally, these events have tremendous camaraderie among athletes - a great experience. Competitors in USATF National, Regional and Association championships have ranged from the first time competitor trying to throw the hammer for the first time to the multiple World Record holder. Each competitor is welcome with open arms and often gains a friend or two while battling it out in the track or in the field. The best webpage containing consolidated links for these and more is

USATF Masters Regional Championships:
The US is broken into 7 regions,  East,  Southeast,  Midwest,  Mid-America,  Southwest,  West and  Northwest, each having an outdoor championship. A great competitive and welcoming environment where competitors of any caliber can have a great time. Some are still in planning. Here are the 2017 scheduled championships (up-to-date information will be here):

Where: Howard Community College, Columbia, MD 
When: June 24-25 ( Register)
Status of Entries: Click Here
More Info & Paper Registration: Click Here

Where: University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
When:  June 24

Where: Carroll University, Waukesha, WI
When: June 25

Where: Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
When: August 26-27

Where: TBD
When: Likely the weekend of July 1-2

Where / When: TBA 

Where: Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
When:  July 29

USATF Masters Championships:
Where: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 
When: July 13-16, 2017
Registration: Click Here
Entry Status: Click Here

Where:  Slippery Rock, PA
When: June 24-25 ( Register)

Where: Worcester, MA
When: August 5 - 6 ( Register

USATF Association Championships:
USATF comprises 57 Associations. Championship formats vary so check on each association of interest for competition details. 
Darwin, a totally unique part of Australia  Australia
Australian Masters Championships welcomes all Athletes (30 and up).

Missed competing in Perth? Competed in Perth and want another great competition in Australia? Whatever the draw, you can enjoy an excellent competition, Australian Masters Athletics Championships in a great part of the world. Darwin really comes alive at this time of year as everyone makes the most of the clear skies and heads outdoors. Relatively cool weather arrives in May. Day time maximum temperatures of around 29 - 32 C coupled with low humidity are perfect for sightseeing. Cool evenings make the outdoor options all the more attractive, and overnight temperatures of 17 - 23 C ensure a pleasant start to each day.

This is a great time to recline in a deckchair and watch a movie under the stars at the open-air  Deckchair Cinema or watch the sunset over the Timore Sea after visiting the famous  Mindil Beach Markets.

It is also the perfect time to explore the more remote areas of the region that can be off-limits during the wet.

What: Australian Masters Athletics Championships
Where:  Darwin, NT Australia
When:  9th June to 12th June 2017
Registration: Online registrations will close 1st May 2017  

Age Graded Award
Be Treated Like a Celebrity!Sierra
Several prizes available

Athletes who attend the Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival will experience a uniquely different masters' meet. Beginning with the fact that it is called a "Festival" and because athletes compete in the trees, under the lights creating an overall festive atmosphere. Additionally, athletes will also be able to see themselves on a 9'x16' video screen, solidifying our commitment to making this a unique experience. Our entire community will treat our masters athletes as celebrities and heroes. Beginning with the opening ceremonies, complete with Taiko Drummers, cheerleaders, and a Heroes' 4x100m Relay, honoring: police, firefighters, sheriff, search and rescue, highway patrol, and teachers. Just as these men and women are heroes, so too are the men and women athletes, who compete from ages 30 to 100. Masters athletes serve as shining examples to show everyone, that it is possible to be active at any age. We expect over 1,000 cheering spectators to celebrate masters as heroes. Our age-graded awards of gold plated silver dollars, Timex watches, subscriptions to National Masters News, and world class medals to every 5 year age group contribute to the uniqueness of our meet. Moreover, we are giving prize money of $1,000 for setting a World Record and $500 for achieving an American Record. Please come to Grass Valley, California and allow our community to show their appreciation for the heroes masters athletes truly are.

When: May 20, 2017
Where: Grass Valley, California, USA
More Info:
Registration: Click Here
Contact: Coach Clyde Lehman at (530) 470-8697 or