Aled Davies

Athletics

Welsh Athletics

Disability Athletics

The following information provides an overview of athletics for disabled people in Wales. It also provides useful contact details to signpost you to your local club to develop your skills and start to participate, volunteer or coach disabled people in athletics. This section includes; 

Disability Athletics in Wales
Athletics Opportunities
The Classifications System
Disability Athletics Coaching
Teaching Disability Athletics
Key Contacts and Useful Links

Disability Athletics in Wales

Athletics is a sport that provides an exciting range of opportunities for disabled people. It provides a mixture of events and sport classes for everyone to enjoy, develop and learn new skills whether participating, volunteering or coaching.

Athletics has a long tradition of success at World and European Championships as well as Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. Welsh Athletes such as Aled Sion Davies (F42/44), Rhys Jones (T37), Claire Williams (F11/12), Olivia Breen, Jenny McLoughlin (T35-38) Beverly Jones (F37) and Nathan Stevens (F57) have all enjoyed success at the highest level and achieved medals on the world stage. 

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Athletics Opportunities

Welsh Athletics, working in partnership with a range of organisations including; British Athletics, Disability Sport Wales and a range of Local Authorities support the development of accessible opportunities for all athletes across Wales.

Athletics Clubs

Athletics activity is happening in most local authorities with many existing affiliated clubs in Wales offering accessible opportunities. A number of clubs across Wales are currently involved in the Disability Sport Wales InSport Club programme (a list of these clubs is detailed below) and through the network of inclusive clubs throughout Wales there is a range of opportunities for anyone to join as athletes, coaches, officials or volunteers. It is truly a sport for all and provides opportunities and exciting challenges for anyone who wishes to get involved. To find a contacts of a local athletics club please visit the‘Clubs’ Section of the Welsh Athletics website.

Insport Accredited Clubs

Club

Impairment Group

Accreditation Type

Amman Valley Harriers

Pan Disability

Insport - Ribbon

Cardiff Amateur Athletics Club

Pan Disability

Insport - Ribbon

Cardiff Archers Athletics Academy

Pan Disability

Insport - Ribbon

Cwmbran Harriers

Pan Disability

Insport - Bronze

Deeside Amateur Athletics Club

Pan Disability

Insport - Ribbon

Menai Track and Field

Pan Disability

Insport - Silver

Sospan Road Runners

Pan Disability

Insport - Bronze

Other Athletics Opportunities

In addition to the accredited clubs and the clubs listed above, there are a number of different opportunities. These can be found on the‘Clubs’ section of the Disability Sport Wales website. Opportunities listed here can conveniently be filtered by; disability, sport and location as appropriate. 

Disability Athletics 

The Classifications System

Classification is an integral part of disability athletics to ensure fair competition and within the sport there are defined classification groups. Each group is subdivided into classes depending on the level of impairment. There are strict criteria attached to each class and, detailed below, is a basic guide to the classes. These groups are currently included in the Paralympic Pathway: 

T – Track & Jumps e.g.: 100m, 400m, Long Jump etc.

F – Field e.g.: Discus, Shot etc.

  • T/F 11-13: Athletes with a Visual Impairment
  • T/F 20: Athletes with an Intellectual Disability (limited events)
  • T/F 31-34: Athletes with Cerebral Palsy (Wheelchair)
  • T/F 35-38: Athletes with Cerebral Palsy (Ambulant)
  • T/F 40/41: Athletes with Achondroplasia (Short Stature)
  • T/F 42-44: Athletes with Leg Amputations & Les Autres
  • T/F 44-47: Athletes with Arm Amputations & Les Autres
  • T 51-54: Wheelchair Racers
  • F 51-57: Seated Field Athletes

There is further information relating to classifications in athletics available.

The IPC also issue guidance relating to classification this is available via the link below:

Further information is also provided, in video format on the British Athletics coaching website, UCoach 

Information and Advice: Disability Terminology

 

Inclusive Athletics Coaching

Many people choose to take part in athletics, not just because of its high profile on the International stage, but also because there are so many diverse events, each requiring different abilities. Disability athletics has an increasing profile in the UK and disabled athletes are encouraged and supported to join their local athletics club to access appropriate training and guidance to develop in their chosen event.

Welsh Athletics deliver a full pathway of accessible coach education opportunities and within the coach education pathway we aim to ensure that there is equal opportunity for interested leaders and coaches to take an appropriate coaching or leadership qualification.

All coach education opportunities delivered by Welsh Athletics operate using the Coach Education Equal Opportunities Policy:

Existing coaches qualified at Level 2 or Coach have access to can access UK Disability Training for Athletics via the ULearn platform

The following links provide useful and specific guidance for working with and in particular, coaching athletes with a disability.

Quick Guide to Inclusive Coaching
Introduction to the Inclusion Spectrum
Inclusive Coach Guidance: Wheelchair Athletes / Seated Throws
Inclusive Coach Guidance: Seated Throws
Inclusive Coach Guidance: Ambulant Athletes
Running Blades: Information and Advice
Guidance for Wheelchair Racing
Guide Running for Visually Impaired Athletes
Video Guidance: Guide Running Off Track

 

Teaching Inclusive Athletics

The needs of individual pupils should be the most important consideration when planning any lesson, and teachers should exercise their professional judgement and expertise in selecting and modifying activities.

Pupils with physical, sensory and intellectual impairments take part in athletics at all levels. They can, and should, be integrated into activity alongside non-disabled pupils. It is important to find out in advance if any pupils attending your lessons are disabled so you can discuss with them (and their parents/guardian if necessary) if, and how, this may impact on the activities that you are asking them to do. This will allow you to plan in advance to provide any necessary support and to adapt any activities as necessary.

The Inclusion Cards provide teachers with useful information on the various impairments and some ‘Top Tips’ on how to adapt your teaching practice to ensure all pupils are engaged in the activity and their learning. 

The Run, Jump, Throw: Teaching Primary Schools Athletics provides guidance when teaching  the following impairment groups:

  1. Pupils with Amputations
  2. Wheelchair Users (manual)
  3. Pupils with a Visual Impairment
  4. Intellectual Impairment & Autistic Spectrum
  5. Pupils with Dwarfism
  6. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Pupils
  7. Pupils with Cerebral Palsy

Run, Jump, Throw: Inclusion
Run, Jump, Throw: Inclusion Support Cards

Key Contacts and Useful Links

British Athletics 
UCoach
Disability Sport Wales
British Paralympic Association 
IPC Athletics
The Inclusion Club 
Limb Power
British Wheelchair Racing Association
Wheel Power
British Blind Sport 
Mencap
Dwarf Sports Association
UK Deaf Sport
British Deaf Association
Cerebral Palsy Sport

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