Since 1978, SACPSSA has conducted
annual athletics carnivals which are available to all
member schools, both metropolitan and country.

From the early years where only a small number of section carnivals were held, the SACPSSA Athletics Carnival programme now stretches out to nine sections, including a section devoted to the R-5 schools of the South-West Region. In recent years up to 85 schools join in with the SACPSSA Athletics Carnivals across five days, all held at the home of athletics in South Australia, Athletics SA Stadium in Mile End.

Having traditionally been staged in Term 4 for many years, the SACPSSA Athletics Carnivals are now held in Term 2, with athletes, officials and spectators appreciating the more mild conditions of the months of May or June.

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Athletic Co-ordinators

Athletic Events

Darren Elliott

Carnival Co-Ordinator

Contact Darren via email


Narelle Dew

Athletics Executive


Luke Buchanan

Athletics Executive

Jun 01

Athletics Age and Field

June 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jun 12

Athletics Carnival – Sections 2/3

June 12 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Jun 13

Athletics Carnival – Sections 4/5

June 13 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Jun 14

Athletics Carnival – Sections 6/7

June 14 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Jun 15

Athletics Carnival – Sections 8/9

June 15 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Jun 18

Athletics Carnival – Section 1

June 18 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Athletics Nomination Forms

Athletics Information

Event Section 1 Sections 2 -8 Section 9
100 metres 3B, 3G 2B, 2G 2B, 2G
200 metres 3B, 3G 2B, 2G 2B, 2G
400 metres 3B, 3G B, G B, G
800 metres 2B, 2G B, G
Long Jump 2B, 2G B, G B, G
High Jump 2B, 2G B, G B, G
Shot Put 2B, 2G B, G
4 x 100m Circ. Relay B, G B, G B, G
100 metres 3B, 3G 2B, 2G 2B, 2G
200 metres 3B, 3G 2B, 2G 2B, 2G
400 metres 3B, 3G B, G B, G
60m Hurdles 3B, 3G B, G
800 metres 2B, 2G B, G B, G
Long Jump 2B, 2G B, G B, G
High Jump 2B, 2G B, G B, G
Shot Put (2kg) 2B, 2G B, G B, G (2kg)
4 x 100m Circ. Relay B, G B, G B, G
100 metres 3B, 3G 2B, 2G 2B, 2G
200 metres 3B, 3G 2B, 2G 2B, 2G
400 metres 3B, 3G B, G B, G
60m Hurdles 3B, 3G B, G B, G
800 metres 2B, 2G B, G B, G
1500 metres 2B, 2G
Long Jump 2B, 2G B, G B, G
High Jump 2B, 2G B, G B, G
Shot Put (3kg) 2B, 2G B, G B, G (2kg)
4 x 100m Circ. Relay B, G B, G B, G
100 metres 3B, 3G 2B, 2G
200 metres 3B, 3G 2B, 2G
400 metres 3B, 3G B, G
60m Hurdles 3B, 3G B, G
800 metres 2B, 2G B, G
1500 metres 2B, 2G
Long Jump 2B, 2G B, G
High Jump 2B, 2G B, G
Shot Put (3kg) 2B, 2G B, G
4 x 100m Circ. Relay B, G B, G
OPEN (any age)
1500 metres B, G  B, G 
Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Section 6 Section 7 Section 8 Section 9
Nazareth Murray Bridge St Dominic’s (G) Millicent Hindmarsh Pennington Salisbury Gladstone  St. Teresa’s, Brighton
Henley Beach Whitefriars Taperoo St Paul’s (B) Greenacres Galilee Kilburn Loxton St Mary’s, Glenelg
Loreto(G) St Francis de Sales St Columba St Mary’s College(G) Mansfield Park Kingswood Croydon Ottoway Stella Maris, Seacombe Gardens
Sacred Heart (B)  Parkside St Mark’s Morphett Vale Payneham Stirling Jamestown Barmera St Anthony’s, Edwardstown
Mercedes Cabra Caritas Evanston Enfield Walkerville Tranmere Peterborough St Bernadette’s, St Mary’s
St Michael’s(B) Lockleys Tea Tree Gully Brooklyn Park Aberfoyle Park Greenwith Renmark Yorketown O.L.O.G.
Rostrevor (B) Parafield Gardens Elizabeth Park Plympton Goodwood Albert Park Craigmore Brompton St Martind de Porres, Sheidow Park
SAC (G) Windsor Gardens Clare Newton Woodcroft Col Light Gardens Wallaroo Richmond Christ the King, Warradale
Hectorville Wynn Vale Blackfriars Seaford Semaphore Christies Beach Norwood Elizabeth Grove
 CBC (B)
St Ignatius
Marymount (G)

 Please see Calendar for Section dates and start times.

Year B/G Section1 Section 2 Section 3 Section4 Section 5 Section 6 Section 7 Section 8 Section 9
1978 Salisbury Findon
1979 Blackfriars
1980 Blackfriars Hectorville Evanston
1981 Blackfriars MorphettVale Tranmere Murray Bridge Newton
1982 St. Ignatius T.T. Gully St. Paul’s Newton Walkerville Enfield
1983 St. Ignatius Rostrevor Newton Semaphore Kingswood Enfield
1984 Rostrevor Newton Semaphore Seaton Kingswood Lockleys Tranmere
1985 Blackfriars St.Paul’s/   H’vlle Mercedes Kingswood Lockleys Christies Bch Mt. Barker
Girls T.T. Gully Henley Bch St. Dominic’s Stella Maris/MM Lockleys Glengow/ Caritas Mt. Barker
1986 Boys St. Michael’s Brighton/SHC Windsor Gdns Parafield Gdns Christies Beach Mt.Barker W’dale/ Woomera
Girls T.T. Gully Mercedes St. Dominic’s Seaton Christies Beach Mt.Barker W’dale/ Woomera
1987 Boys St. Michael’s Newton/ Antonio Windsor Gdns Nativity Mt. Barker Mt.Carmel Prospect
Girls T.T. Gully Newton Stella Maris/MM Christies Beach Mt. Barker Mt Carmel Prospect
1988 Boys St. Michael’s Brighton/SHC Nativity Lockleys Col. Light Gdns Wynn Vale Flinders Park Eliz Grove
Girls T.T. Gully Mercedes Stella Maris/MM Seaton Stirliing Prospect Flinders Park Eliz Grove
1989 Boys St. Michael’s Mercedes Parafield Gds Christies Beach Wynn Vale Eliz Grove Millicent Ottoway
Girls St. David’s Nativity Lockleys Findon Wynn Vale Eliz Grove Millicent Ottoway
1990 Boys St. Michael’s Antonio Holy Family Mt. Barker St. Andrew’s Albert Park Kingswood Eliz Park
Girls St. David’s Mercedes Holy Family Wynn Vale Eliz Grove Millicent Kingswood Eliz Park
1991 Boys St. Michael’s Aberfoyle Pk Christies Bch Brooklyn Park St. Andrew’s Eliz Park Ottoway Kilburn
Girls Loreto Mercedes Wynn Vale Eliz Grove Millicent Prospect Ottoway Kilburn
1992 Boys St. Michael’s Mercedes St. Mary Magdalene St. Andrew’s St. Thomas Moore Croydon St. Mary’s St. Jos. Ren
Girls Loreto Wynn Vale St. Anthony’s/ Cabra Findon Prospect Ottoway St. John’s St. Jos. Hind
1993 Boys St. Michael’s Brighton Christies Bch Eliz Park Kingswood Glenelg Renmark Berri
Girls Loreto Lockleys St. Anthony’s/ Cabra Semaphore Prospect Glenelg Renmark Norwood
1994 Boys St. Michael’s Seacombe/ SHC Walkerville Taperoo Glenelg Renmark Plympton Woodville
Girls Loreto Wynn Vale Walkerville Findon Glenelg Greenacres Murray Bridge Walkerville
1995 Boys Rostrevor St. Andrew’s St. Anthony’s/ Cabra Glenelg Prospect Greenacres Plympton Norwood
Girls Mercedes Marymount St. Anthony’s/ Cabra Glenelg Prospect Greenacres Mansfield Park Norwood
1996 Boys St. Michael’s Seacombe St. David’s Seaford Greenacres Rosewater Plympton Parkside
Girls Mercedes Marymount St. David’s Prospect Greenacres/ Renmark Mt.Barker Lockleys Parkside
1997 Boys Rostrevor Blackfriars Taperoo Evanston Windsor Gdns Plympton Norwood Woodcroft Sheidow Pk
Girls Mercedes St. David’s St. Mark’s Seaford Mt. Barker Plympton Mansfield Park Woodcroft Seacombe Gdns
1998 Boys Sacred Heart Wynn Vale Hectorville Evanston Windsor Gdns Plympton Norwood Craigmore Ed’stown
Girls Mercedes Wynn Vale Taperoo Findon Windsor Gdns Plympton Norwood Woodville Pk Ed’stown
1999 Boys St. Michael’s Blackfriars Evanston Eliz Park Plympton Port Augusta Woodcroft Murray Bridge Brighton
Girls St. Andrew’s St. David’s Morphett Vale Findon Henley Beach Norwood Woodville Park Hindmarsh Sheidow Pk
2000 Boys St. Michael’s Taperoo Evanston Greenacres Henley Beach Woodcroft Albert Park Richmond Sheidow Pk
Girls St. Andrew’s Taperoo Morphett Vale Findon Semaphore Woodville Park Tranmere Parkside Seacombe Gdns
2001 Boys St. Michael’s C.B.C. Port Pirie Aberfoyle Park Port Augusta Rosewater Albert Park Berri St. Mary’s
Girls St. Andrew’s Lockleys Port Pirie Henley Bch Semaphore Woodcroft Parkside Walkerville Sheidow Pk
2002 Boys St. Michael’s Blackfriars Elizabeth Park Aberfoyle Park Payneham Albert Park Seaton Ottoway Sheidow Pk
Girls Marymount Port Pirie Henley Beach Prospect Brooklyn Park Albert Park Berri Walkerville Ed’stown
2003 Boys St.Michael’s Henley Beach Seaford Mt.Barker Albert Park Tranmere Col Light Gardens Ottoway Sheidow Pk
Girls Wynn Vale Henley Beach Prospect Findon Mansfield Park Berri Parkside Walkerville Ed’stown
2004 Boys St Michael’s C.B.C. Mt Barker Newton Woodville Park Kilburn Col Light Gardens Hindmarsh Sheidow Pk
Girls Loreto Cabra Prospect Albert Park Berri Parkside Murray Bridge Walkerville Glengowrie
2005 Boys St. Michael’s C.B.C. Taperoo Brooklyn Park Parafield Gdns Murray Bridge Hindmarsh Croydon Sheidow Pk
Girls Mercedes St. Ignatius Taperoo Findon Parafield Gdns Murray Bridge Renmark Croydon Sheidow Pk
2006 Boys St Michael’s Mt Barker St Columba Greenacres Murray Bridge Colonel Light Gardens Croydon Enfield Glenelg
Girls Mercedes Henley Beach Morphett Vale Findon Murray Bridge Clare Renmark Seaton Glenelg
2007 Boys Rostrevor Mt Barker St Columba Nazareth Payneham Colonel Light Gardens Enfield Goodwood Glengowrie
Girls Mercedes Mt Barker Lockleys Nazareth Windsor Gardens Stirling Walkerville Goodwood Sheidow Pk
2008 Boys Rostrevor St Andrews Woodville Park Brooklyn Park Windsor Gardens Colonel Light Gardens Hindmarsh Jamestown Glenelg
Girls Loreto Taperoo Albert Park Semaphore Clare Stirling Kilburn Millicent Ed’stown
2009 Boys St Michael’s Blackfriars Parafield Gardens Windsor Gardens Colonel Light Gdns Kilburn Greenwith Loxton Glenelg
Girls Marymount Henley Beach Semaphore Windsor Gardens Clare Woodcroft Millicent Ottoway Glenelg
2010 Boys Wynn Vale St Andrews Parafield Gardens Plympton Woodcroft Hindmarsh Craigmore Loxton Ed’stown
Girls Loreto St Andrews Windsor Gardens Brooklyn Park Woodcroft Millicent Goodwood Tranmere Ed’stown
2011 Boys Wynn Vale Blackfriars Brooklyn Park Plympton Payneham Parkside Greenwith Loxton Ed’stown
Girls Loreto Windsor Gdns Brooklyn Park Murray Bridge Clare Stirling Renmark Tranmere Glenelg
2012 Boys Rostrevor Brooklyn Park Morphett Vale Parkside Payneham Greenwith Loxton Richmond Glengowrie
Girls Loreto St Aloysius Lockleys Parkside Evanston Greenwith Pennington Brompton Glenelg
2013 Boys Rostrevor Woodville Park Nazareth Parkside Payneham Hectorville Pennington Mansfield Glenelg
Girls Wynn Vale Windsor Gdns Lockleys Clare Millicent Walkerville Jamestown Mansfield Ed’stown
2014 Boys Rostrevor Cabra St Columba Seaford Hectorville Caritas Mansfield Pk Galilee Brighton
Girls Wynn Vale Lockleys Nazareth Clare Hectorville Caritas Jamestown Galilee Seacombe Gdns
2015 Boys Rostrevor Nazareth Blackfriars Hectorville Caritas College Hindmarsh Mansfield Park Albert Park Seacombe Gdns
Girls Mercedes Lockleys Tea Tree Gully Clare Caritas College Norwood Mansfield Park Albert Park Seacombe Gdns
2016 Boys Rostrevor CBC Hectorville Caritas College Evanston Pennington Galilee Croydon Sheidow Park
Girls Mercedes Henley Beach Murray Bridge Seaford Plympton Walkerville Galilee Brompton Glenelg
2017 Boys St Michael’s Hectorville Elizabeth Park St Columba Plympton Greenwith Salisbury Carnival cancelled  Carnival cancelled
Girls Mercedes Hectorville St Dominics Clare Enfield Stirling Kingswood Carnival cancelled  Carnival cancelled

The Section 1 Pentathlon for Open Boys and Girls 

Each school is entitled to enter one boy and one girl (unless your school is single gender) of any age into the Open Pentathlon. The five events that will comprise the Open Pentathlon, in the order that they will be run on the day:

Long Jump (in conjunction with the Senior Long Jump at 9.30am)
60m Hurdles
Shot Put (in conjunction with the Under 10 Shot Put starting at 1.00pm)

The track events will be placed at the end of the normal scheduled track events for Hurdles, 800m and 100m.

Section 1 schools are not obligated to submit an athlete into the Open Pentathlon, although it is possible for a winning pentathlete to score a maximum of 50 points (maximum of 10 points per event) for his or her school on the day. As it now stands, an outstanding Section 1 age group champion can only score a maximum of 32 points for his or her school. Every pentathlon competitor in each event receives points according to the following scale from 1st to 8th (or 9th as could be the case): 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 (if nine competitors). The first four placegetters in all Open Pentathlon events would receive ribbons as normal. All points scored by pentathletes are included in that school’s overall score for the day.

Athletes competing in the Open Pentathlon can be of any age, but are not eligible to compete in any other individual events although they may compete in their own age group’s 4 X 100m relay.

The system of boys and girls age champion awards for Under 10, 11, 12 and Senior continues unchanged. The Pentathlon points remain completely separate from the age champion scores but do count on the school’s overall score.

If an Open pentathlete achieves a record in any event, the record will be recorded under his or her age group. There will not be separate Open Pentathlon records kept. It is therefore conceivable that a pentathlete could achieve a record in his or her age group for an event, but not win the event in the Open Pentathlon.

Athletics Programs

Below are the links to download a copy of the athletics programs. Please download and print prior to the carnival.

Promoting the philosophy of good sportsmanship, fostering companionship between competitors and promoting a healthy active lifestyle.

Athletics Officials Duties

 Executive Member

 Start all track events

 For all races except 800m & 1500m the call is to be: “Take your mark, Set.”

 After calling “Take your mark” ensure that all competitors are settled before calling “Set”. Then fire the gun. As a guide, you should count “1,2,3” making sure that all competitors are still, before firing the gun.

 If any “breaks” occur fire the gun a second time. Having done this, move competitors well back from the line and commence the starting procedure again. Two breaks are allowed in any one event. Any break on the 3rd attempt means instant disqualification.

 In 800m and 1500m events the call for the start will be: “Take your mark”…. Gun is then fired.

 Executive Member

 Line competitors up in correct lanes well back from the starting line. Lanes are listed in the programme.

 As the starter is ready for each group send the runners forward to stand a metre or so back from the starting line.

 Time competitors in TRACK events – 1st and 2nd places only.

 Watches on 1st place – average out times.

 Start watch on SMOKE from gun, not the sound.

 Record times on “Time Sheet” THEN, signal to starter when ready for the next event by turning the ‘lollipop’ to face white to the starter.

 Once the race has started turn the ‘lollipop’ to face red to the starter.

 Pick places and give ribbons to 1st 4 placegetters.

 Inform 5th placegetter of position in case of later disqualifications.

 Be aware that separate placings will be required in distance events where 2 divisions are being run together – One division will be wearing coloured bibs. In this case select separate places in each division (1st,2nd,3rd,4th with bibs…1st,2nd,3rd, 4th without bibs).

Make sure runners are in their correct lane (Lane draw given in programme).

Raise WHITE flag when all is ready on your changeover.

During the changeover, check that it has taken place within the given zone.

After the changeover, raise WHITE flag if all is clear… Raise RED flag if there is any disqualification. A dropped baton is to be recovered by the person PASSING it not the RECEIVER.

 Line placegetters up in order 1st – 4th.

 Ensure that ribbons have been received.  During the changeover, check that it has taken place within the given zone.

 Older child or adult to escort group to track recorders and wait with the group until the recording is completed. (These are included in the 6 officials required for scoring/recording).

(Long and High jumps and Shot Put)

 After completion of an event all successful competitors will be given their places and ribbons by the officials, who must leave the result sheet in the event folder until collected by a SACPSSA official.

 Where 2 divisions compete together, each division/section is to be scored and resulted as a separate event.

 Judges will be given folders of result sheets, ribbons instructions/rules.

 Operate from Recorders tent on the main arena.

 Record names of placegetters (4) on “Result Slips”.

 Record times for each event, from time sheets on results slip.

 Send sheets via runner to Recording Room in the grandstand.

 Operate from Recording Room in the grandstand.

 Record results with Computer Person.

 Executive Member

 Welcomes everyone and introduces the competing schools.

  Calls event numbers and events for marshalling.

  Can give results of events as they are taken to the recorders. In this case it is best to announce from the result slips and then hand them over to the recorders.

  Gives progressive results as supplied by the scorers.

  Announcement of lane draws if required, especially in relays.

  Items of interest for spectators and encouragement for competitors.

Athletics Rules

 Schools to compete in SECTIONS as determined under Paragraph 15.

 Teams are requested to be at the stadium 30 minutes before the commencement of the first event. Children should be supervised at all times. Competitors and officials only to be allowed inside the fence.

 Competitors must compete in their own age group and in one division of each event only. Ages as on 1st January of the current year including those born on 1st January.

 Name Tags to show Christian and Surname, School (Suburb).

 Age Groups Sec 1 – 8 U/10, U/11, U/12, Senior , Open = Any age U/10 – Senior.
Sec 9 U/9, U/10, U/11

 Nomination: No competitor to take part in more than 4 events PLUS one relay.

 Lanes: Schools will be allocated lanes as per the programme.

 1500m: Should warm weather prevail, the Coordinators may at their discretion and with the safety of the athletes in mind, reschedule the 1500m races to the first events of that carnival. This will result in the track schedule being slightly altered for the remainder of that day

Medals will be presented to:

  Open Boys and Girls Champion Pentathlete in Sec 1

  Individual Age Champion Boys and Girls in Secs 1 – 8 U/10 – Senior Sec 9 U/9 – U/11

  Bannerettes to School Age Champions – Sec 1 – 8 U/10 – Senior Boys and Girls Sec 9 U/9 – U/11 Boys and Girl

  Perpetual Shields and Permanent Pennants to schools gaining highest points in Boys and Girls divisions.

  Percentage Pennant to the school with the highest percentage of points per enrolment number.

Each coach may nominate up to 3 boys and up to 3 girls per age group to be eligible for the Individual Age Group trophies.

These nominations must be received by the Section Organiser 7 days before the carnival.

Alteration to nominations will be received up to 20 minutes prior to the programmed starting time. Winners will be determined on a countback system if necessary.

Method of starting will be: “Take your marks – set” – Gun fired. To recall a false start – Gun is fired again.

First 4 placegetters in track events will receive a place ribbon which must be taken to the Track Recorders table to record results. Placegetters in FIELD events are not required to report to the table as their results are recorded at the event.

Scoring Div 1 (Section 1)
Runner 1 (Sec 2-9)
Div 2 & 3 (Section 1)
Runner 2 (Sec 2-9)
1st Place 8 4 10
2nd Place 6 3 8
3rd Place 4 2 6
4th Place 2 1 4

Open Pentathlon: Every competitor in each event receives points according to their finish position, from 10 for 1st, 8 for 2nd, 7 for 3rd, 6 for 4th, 5 for 5th, 4 for 6th, 3 for 7th, 2 for 8th, 1 for 9th.

Competitors must take particular note of the call for their event and move quickly to the marshalling point. Coaches are asked not to send competitors out until they have been called.

On the call for a field event, competitors must report immediately to the officials for that event. Where a competitor is involved in both track and field events at approximately the same time, they should report in at the field event first and then move away to their track event, returning to complete their field event as soon as possible. In High Jump, competitors returning to an event will resume at the advanced height of the bar. N.B. In Section 1 field events will run as Div. 1 and Div. 2 i.e. separate events

 Long Jump

3 jumps in rotation. Standard take-off mat. Measurement from pit edge of mat to last point of contact, nearest to take-off board. Results determined on best of three attempts.

High Jump

3 jumps in rotation for each height. Final measurement from top of the bar at the centre to the ground. Countback system applies i.e. greatest height with least number of jumps.

Shot Put

3 attempts in rotation. Results determined on best of three attempts.

Promotion and relegation system will operate between all SECTIONS on the basis of school aggregate points total for the previous year. The school with the LOWEST point tally and the HIGHEST point tally in each SECTION may be moved at the co-ordinator’s discretion.

New Schools entering for the first time will be placed at the discretion of the Co-ordinator.

Dist. Approach Between Finish No. Height
Overall distance is 60m, including 6 flights (hurdles). Each hurdle is 60 cm high. Approach to the 1st flight is 12m. Distance between flights is 7m. Distance from the last flight to the Finish Line is 13m

SHOT PUT Circle 2.135m diameter
Weight U/10 & U/11 2kg
U/12 & Senior 3kg

HIGH JUMP Starting Height U/9 – 95cm U/10 – 1m U/11 – 1.05m
U/12 – 1.05m Senior – 1.10m
Shifts 5cm rises until 4 competitors remain – 2cm rises from there on.

SPIKES may be used in all events EXCEPT 800m, 1500m and Shot Put and must be removed before entering the Grand Stand.

Starting Blocks may be used provided there is no interference to the timing and/or organisation of the Carnival and only those supplied by Athletics SA Stadium are permitted. The Athletics Co-ordinator retains the right to discontinue the practice on the day in question

Circular: Teams to consist of 4 runners in the correct age group. Baton changes must be made within the changeover zone (20m). Runners, other than the first may commence running not more than 10 metres outside the changeover zone. Competitors, after handing over the baton, must remain in their lanes until the course is clear.

No Mixed Relays. If, however, a school is unable to field complete relay teams in an age group, they may enter a Mixed team in the BOYS relay in that age group.