PARA ATHLETICS

DISABILITIES CATERED FOR BY SPORT:

Visual Impairments; Intellectual Impairments; Neurological impairments; Dwarfism; amputees and wheelchair users.

HOW DOES THE SPORT WORK:

Track and Field events are available for athletes with different disabilities.At the Rio 2016 Paralympics, the competition attracted 1,147 athletes from 147 National Paralympic Committees, spanning all five continents.

The track and field events that are available to athletes are all those that you find in able bodies athletics meetings but only certain events for specific classes will be medal events at the Paralympic Games.

For the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, a new mixed gender, mixed class 4 x 100m relay has been introduced.  The race involves teams of two male and two female Para athletes, each from a different class. Teams have a vision impaired athlete (T11-13), a wheelchair racer, an athlete from the T42-47 or T61-64 limb impairments classes and one from the T35-38 co-ordination impairments classes. although not all events are available to all disability groups at every Paralympic Games.

HISTORIC PARALYMPIC REPRESENTATION:

It was one of eight sports included in the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy, in 1960 and has remained on the program ever since, consistently attracting the biggest crowds and TV audiences.

CONTACT PERSON IN SOUTH AFRICA IF YOU ARE INTERESTED:

Lappies Swanepoel lappies.atletiek@gmail.com