Adelaide Airport Invitational

What is the Adelaide Airport Invitational?
The Adelaide Airport Invitational is an exciting concept of short duration meets where athletes are invited to compete against each other with the aim of achieving personal best performances and event qualifying times. The underlying premise is that high quality head to head competition allows athletes to produce their best and, in turn, assist each other in taking their performances to the next level.

A few years ago, some senior Athletics SA competitors identified a gap in competition opportunities for South Australia’s top level athletes. Weekly Premiership Cup competition provided opportunities for competition, but these athletes found that it was becoming increasingly difficult to try and organise a group of high level competitors in each event discipline to compete against each other. The athletes found that they often lacked competition, which is a necessary ingredient for the attainment of high performance.

The Adelaide Airport Invitational aims to provide a platform where the state’s top competitors can compete in an environment that supports and fosters the pursuit of a higher level of performance. Specifically, the Adelaide Airport Invitational aims to fill the void between weekly Interclub competition and national series meets, whilst also acting as an important learning and competition tool for the state’s developing athletes.

The event is run by athletes; for athletes. The series of meets, held over the duration of the summer athletics season under lights at Santos Stadium, has a carnival-like atmosphere with music, athlete interviews, and professional commentators. Each

Adelaide Airport Invitational is condensed into an hour-long format and is exciting for spectators. Entry for all spectators is free.

It is hoped that the event will continue to grow and develop to a point where more interstate athletes will also choose to come and compete in Adelaide.

NOTE: Only Athletics SA registered athletes or those registered with an Athletics Australia affiliated member association (e.g. Athletics Victoria) are eligible to compete in the Adelaide Airport Invitational


What are some of the results that the Adelaide Airport Invitational has produced?
The Adelaide Airport Invitational has produced some great results over the past few years and continues to be a popular series. One of the most memorable nights was when junior Richard Everest broke Craig Mottram’s Australian junior 3000m record.



As this is an invitational series, event fields will be selected (where necessary) after the close of entries, a final list of successful athletes will be placed on the Athletics SA Website as soon as possible after event entry closing time. Athletes who have entered but don’t receive a position in the field of the race(s) they’ve entered will be entitled to refund or credit of their entry monies. Those athletes that are selected and subsequently do not compete will not be entitled to a refund.

Athletes will be selected to events based on a combination of personal bests, season bests, previous performances, performance potential, and performance capability. Selectors’ decisions will be final.

Athletes who are unsure whether their performance level will warrant selection are encouraged to contact Athletics SA on 83543477 or via email


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