Athletics (Track & Field, Wheelchair Racing)
If you can sprint swiftly, throw forcefully, jump brawnfully or endure a distance run; you have what it takes to be in Athletics. At the Paralympic Games, Track & Field is a sport that attracts the largest number of athletes and spectators. It’s a sport that offers wide exposure to a range of competitions. Athletics has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1969 and the events are open to athletes of all disability groups from both genders.
Through dedicated athletes and technological advancement, the sport has made unimaginable feats become reality. Some compete in wheelchairs, while others with prostheses, and visually impaired athletes with the guidance of a sighted companion. IPC is the governing body for athletics through the International Paralympic Athletics Committee.
What’s in it for you?
Athletics help one discover one’s fullest potential. From getting you physically fit to building your levels of perseverance, athletics play a huge role in contouring a fine athlete. Athletics help improve one’s physical and mental resistance and enhances physical and psychological confidence. Through training, wheelchair racers are able to strengthen their upper body and improve joint flexibility while gaining lower body independence; whilst track and field athletes build physical stamina in the arms and legs, strength in the abdominals and legs, gain hip mobility and many other benefits in accordance to the nature of activity that they participate in.
✓Amputees ✓Cerebral Palsy ✓Muscular Dystrophy ✓Spinal Cord Injury ✓Intellectually Disabled ✓Visually Impaired ✓Short Stature
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