The London 2012 Paralympic Games were HUGE!
Aviva Parallel Success - which seeks to promote athletics and all of the opportunities that are available -is the foundations for making that happen.
UKA are looking for the next big star in paralympic athletics!
Are you aged between 11 and 18? Are you sporty and dream of becoming the next Elite Sprinter, Jumper or Thrower at the Paralympics and Olympics in Rio 2016? Yes? Then all you need to do is sign up. You might have a mild impairment and may not realise there is an Elite Athletics Pathway out there for you to try. Get in touch to find out more and take your sport to the next level.
Athletics NI will be organising Parallel Success training sessions through the year for athletes in the categories listed below. These sessions will be for athletes aged 11 years through to seniors. There is no charge for these sessions.
Disability classification for events included in the Paralympic Pathway [T – Track F - Field]
T/F 11 - 13 Athletes with a Visual Impairment
T/F 31 - 38 Athletes with Cerebral Palsy
T/F 40 - 46 Amputee & Les Autres (including Dwarf Athletes)
T 51 - 54 Wheelchair Racers
F 51 - 58 Seated Field Athletes
Sunday 24th February 2013 2.00pm – 4pm Venue: University of Ulster Jordanstown
Sunday 10th March 2013 2.00pm – 4pm, TBC
Sunday 28th April 2013 2.00pm – 4pm, TBC
*Belfast Girls Model School Track, 35 Dunowen Gardens, Belfast BT14 6NQ
If you are interested in attending please email through your name, age and disability details to Heather Ardis (see contact section below).
An athlete with a physical, sensory or learning disability is required to be classified if they wish to take part in national/ international competitions.
Athletics NI are hoping to encourage more people with a physical disability to take part in athletics. Within NI there are many athletes already taking part in the sport with out realising that they can be classified as an athlete with a disability. Classification would give the athletes the opportunity to take part in more competitions against athletes of their own ability.
Most of ANI’s Paralympic athletes compete regularly in able bodied competitions and over recent years they have started to take part in disability competitions. This has given them the opportunity to travel the world competing in competitions such as;
World Junior IPC Games, World IPC Games and Paralympics
Track & Field - Competitions to be decided by the Track & Field Committee in November.
Road Races – Many of the 10k & half marathons across Northern Ireland have a wheelchair category. Just check with individual race organisers.
Cross Country - ANI Primary School Cross Country League 2011-12 will have 3 wheelchair races. The wheelchair races will take place on footpaths/ playgrounds and will be between 200m and 400m.
NB: Children can use their own wheelchair. Children from any primary school in Northern Ireland can take part in the 3 wheelchair races. For dates and venues please visit the ANI Primary School Cross Country League section.
Special Olympics Ulster provides year round sports training and competition to over 2,000 people with an intellectual disability in the counties Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh and Derry, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan. Special Olympics Ulster have their own website with more information.
Athletics NI Contact
Heather Ardis, Athletics House, Old Coach Road, Belfast BT9 5PR
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 028 90602707 Mob: 07841804033
For more information visit Aviva UKA Academy Parallel Success
Athletics NI - Code for behavior
Code of Behaviour for Athletes with Special Needs. All athletes must agree to the following code:Sportsmanship
- I will practice good sportsmanship.
- I will act in ways that bring respect to me, my coaches and my team
- I will not use bad language.
- I will not swear or insult other persons.
- I will not fight with other athletes, coaches, volunteers, or staff.
- I will train regularly.
- I will learn and follow the rules of my sport.
- I will listen to my coaches and the officials and ask questions when I do not understand.
- I will always try my best during training and competitions.
- I will not “hold back” in preliminary competition just to get into an easier finals competition division.
- I will not make inappropriate or unwanted physical, verbal, or sexual advances on others.
- I will not smoke in non-smoking areas.
- I will not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs at sports training or competitions.
- I will not take drugs for the purpose of improving my performance.
I understand that if I do not obey this Code of Conduct, I will be subject to a range of consequences within my Programme including not being allowed to participate in competition