Track and Field Athletics in Ontario continues to grow for para athletes. One of the unique characteristics of the sport is the variety of events offered as well the age demographics it brings to the competition. Athletics Ontario with partnership of it’s club members and MSO’s provide athletes training, coaching and the opportunity to participate in competitions throughout the province at sanctioned indoor and outdoor meets. The rules of Paralympic Track and Field are almost identical to those of the Olympics.


Para-Athletics Friendly Clubs

Below is a document containing a list of para-friendly clubs, meaning they either currently have, or are interested in taking on more para athletes.

2020 Para Friendly Clubs


UPCOMING EVENTS/COMPETITIONS

Interested in competing? Check out our full competition list.

Look for the IPC logo for all Para Sanctioned events in Ontario. International Classification Opportunities: click here.

 = International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sanctioned 

January 5, 2020 : Mini Meet 1

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

Meet Type: Athletics Ontario Sanctioned

January 11 - 12, 2020 : AO Indoor Championship Series Meet 1 (Relay and Prep)

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

Meet Type: Athletics Ontario Sanctioned

January 19, 2020 : Mini Meet 2

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

Meet Type: Athletics Ontario Sanctioned

February 2, 2020 : Mini Meet 3 & OMA Indoor Pentathlon Championship

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

Meet Type: Athletics Ontario Sanctioned

February 8 - 9, 2020 : AO Indoor Championship Series Meet 3 (U18 & Open)

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

Meet Type: Athletics Ontario Sanctioned

February 29 - 1, 2020 : AO Indoor Championship Series Meet 4 (U14, U16 & U20)

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

Meet Type: Athletics Ontario Sanctioned

March 21 - 22, 2020 : Canadian Indoor U16, U18 & U20 Championships

Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard - Montreal, QC

Meet Type: Athletics Canada Championship

April 11, 2021 : AO High Performance Invite 11

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

Meet Type: Athletics Ontario Sanctioned

May 15, 2021 : CANCELLED – Cruisers Classic 1

Terry Fox Stadium (Chinguacousy Park) - Brampton, ON

May 29, 2021 : Cruisers Classic 2

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

July 17, 2021 : Cruisers Classic 3

Toronto Track and Field Centre – Toronto, ON

September 20, 2020 : Fall Field Fest

Mohawk Sports Park Track & Field - Hamilton, ON

RESOURCES

Paralympic Rules and Regulations 2020-2021

Amendments

Medical Diagnostics Forms, Application Forms, Classification Protest Forms

AO Throws Chair Rental

OBSA Guide Running Pathway (2018)

Para-Athletics Event Summaries

Para Throws Coaching Manual


COVID-19 RESOURCES

During this time of social distancing and self-isolation due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Special Olympics have created a new platform for members and stakeholders at https://sohealthyathome.ca/ where they have focused on providing everyone with resources to help them Stay Connected, Stay ActiveStay Positive and Stay Informed. They are currently working collectively with Special Olympics chapters from across the country to curate additional resources that can be added to the platform and to provide a Virtual Calendar that features activities that individuals can take part in from home (Facebook Live workouts, guided meditation etc).

They have also included a Boredom Buster page that is a compilation of a number of fun and engaging time killers (museum tours, learn to draw tutorials etc).


EVENTS

Track Events: Athletes have the opportunity to compete in 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, and 5000 meter individual races as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay races.

Throw Events: Athletes have the opportunity to compete in Shot Put, Javelin, Club Throw and Discus

Jump Events: Athletes have the opportunity to compete in High Jump, Long Jump, and Triple Jump

Road Events: Athletes have the opportunity to compete in 5km, 10km, Half Marathon, Marathon

Updated World Para Athletics Classification Rules and Regulations can be found here.


CLASSIFICATIONS

To have athletes in the most competitive environment, athletes are classified based on their abilities that coincide with their anatomical function level.

Examples include:

Wheelchair
Ambulatory (Cerebral Palsy, visual impairments, intellectual impairments, amputees)

For more information on classification, click this link: Para Events Classification Summary, or visit Athletics Canada or Paralympic.org

Upcoming Events

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