People with physical, visual, hearing* or intellectual impairments can all take part in athletics and running!
To be eligible to compete in Para Athletics, a person must have an eligible impairment and meet the minimum impairment criteria set out in the World Para Athletics Classification Rules and Regulations.
Track and Field classes
Numbers are preceded by a T for Track and horizontal jumps, or an F for Field events. Generally the lower the number within a specific impairment type indicates a more severe impairment.
- Click to read the process to get classified in the UK
- Click to find out more on the World Para Athletics website
Ambulant racing, ambulant throws and jumps
- T/F11-T/F13 (Vision impairment)
- T/F20 (Intellectual impairment)
- T/F35-T/F38 (Co-ordination impairments (hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis))
- T/F40-41 (Short stature)
- T/F42-44 (Lower limb competing without prosthesis affected by limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement)
- T/F45-47 (Upper limb/s affected by limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement)
- T/F61-64 (Lower limb/s competing with prosthesis affected by limb deficiency and leg length difference)
- F31-34 (Co-ordination impairments (hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis))
- F51-57 (Limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement)
- T32-34 (Co-ordination impairments (hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis))
- T51-54 (Limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement)
- RR1, RR2, RR3 (athletes with severe co-ordination impairment (hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis)
*Hearing impairments are not currently included in World Para Athletics or UKA classifications.
- Click to find out more about coaching Para Athletes
- Click to find out more about making your club more inclusive
- Click to see a selection of disability athletics resources, aimed at coaches
- Click for details of the British Athletics Paralympic Talent Development Coordinators
National Disability Sports Organisations
You can find out more about getting involved with athletics and athletics competition opportunities for disabled people by approaching specialist organisations.
The seven NDSOs are:
- British Blind Sport
- Cerebral Palsy Sport
- Dwarf Sports Association UK
- Special Olympics Great Britain
- UK Deaf Sport
They are not athletics specific but can signpoint you in the right direction.
- Click here to find out more on the Activity Alliance website – information available in PDF, Easy Read and audio.