Track and field athletics includes a range of events and is built on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing.
On the track there are events ranging from sprints to long-distance events. There are not only races on the flat, there are also hurdles and steeplechase races, race walking and relay races.
The field events play a major role in giving athletics its rich diversity. As well as the competitions in the jumps events; the long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault, there are also throwing events of hammer, shot, javelin, discus and, in disability events, the club throw.
You may well be very familiar with some of the events commonly seen in championships such as the Olympics, Paralympics and World Championships. But for young athletes there are also competitions held with modified implements, disciplines and distances to make the events appropriate to them and give them the best opportunities to develop in the sport.
The summer is when the main outdoor track and field competition season is held, but some competition takes place at other times, with indoor competitions being held in the winter months.
If you can’t decide which event is for you that is not a problem. Combined events competitions such as the heptathlon and decathlon see athletes compete to win points at a range of events. For developing athletes experiencing a broad range of events is a valuable way of building athleticism and taking your time in finding the right events for you.