Our Executive Team
Vice President, SAMSA
Hermien Peens Treasurer, SAMSA
Marisa Couto Secretary, SAMSA
SAMSA's major events held since 1997:
Johannesburg - hosted and financially supported by the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council.
Port Elizabeth - hosted and sponsored by the Port Elizabeth City Council.
Pretoria - hosted by Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality with Pick 'n Pay as an event sponsor.
Pretoria - hosted by City of Tshwane with Pick 'n Pay as an event sponsor.
Port Elizabeth - hosted and sponsored by Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan.
History of World Masters Sports
The International Masters Games Association (IMGA) was founded in 1985, in Seoul, South Korea, and it currently has headquarters in Bronby, Denmark. As it stands there are over 100 countries with International Sports Federations that are members of the association.
The World Games have become a quadrennial international event and the largest participatory multi-sport competition in the world, bringing together over 25,000 Masters athletes. Canada, a founder member of the IMGA, alone, has at present a membership of 3.5 million active Masters.
Unlike world championships for masters or veterans, the World Masters Games don't have qualification criteria for participation. The Games create a festive atmosphere and encourage all athletes who comply with the minimum age requirement, as set by individual sports codes to compete.