England Athletics, in partnership with British Athletics, is very pleased to announce the development of a Para Athletics webinar series – covering a whole range of topics and free of charge!
Scroll down for session details and links to register free online.
Following a short break for the summer and the Tokyo Paralympics in September, the webinar series will resume with a range of online sessions taking place each month throughout Autumn/Winter and into 2022. The topics that will be covered in the webinar series will include:
- Wheelchair Racing (An Introduction / Athlete Development (Athletics365) / Chair Mechanics and Maintenance)
- Amputee running information covering Beginner/Participation, Speed and Endurance
- Para Sprints, Endurance, Jumps and Throws
Session 3 – An Introduction to Wheelchair Racing
Wednesday 6 October (7.30pm-9pm) – click here to register free online
This session, the first to follow on from the amazingness of the Tokyo Paralympics, will look to provide an introduction to wheelchair racing. The session will provide an overview of the history of the sport, general impairment information, equipment overview and some basic technical considerations.
The session will be led by Paul Moseley (England Athletics Coaching Workforce Manager & Leeds City AC Wheelchair Racing Coach). Paul has coached wheelchair racing for over 15 years and has also developed the ‘first of its kind’ (& free to access) wheelchair racing coaching resource, which is embedded within the Athletics 365 App.
Designed to provide an overview and introduction to wheelchair racing, this session should be of interest to existing wheelchair racing coaches, as well as coaches who want to expand their knowledge of the sport.
Session 1 – An Introduction to Para Athletics
Click to watch recording on Athletics Hub (uploaded 2 July 2021)
This first session in the series provided an introduction to Para Athletics and including disabled athletes within athletics clubs and groups, provided a basic understanding of impairments and also an understanding of para and disabled athletes, discussed various case studies and real-life examples of coach development, athlete development and club development across the country, with specific reference to supporting para and disabled athletes and providing opportunities for all.
The session was facilitated by Job King (British Athletics’ Paralympic Talent Development Coordinator) with a small number of guest speakers discussing:
- Coaching para / disabled athletes
- Club development and supporting disabled athletes
- Creating opportunities for disabled athletes and coaches
Session 2 – An Introduction to Amputee Running and Sprints
Click to watch recording via Athletics Hub (uploaded 3 September 2021)
In partnership with LimbPower, this session was aimed at coaches who are interested in learning more about coaching a lower limb amputee in running or sprints. The session covered types of prosthetics and running limbs, their componentry and the biomechanics of running with a prosthetic. The webinar was delivered by Richard Nieveen and Alan McDougall.
We will be adding more sessions to the webinar series – check back on this page or look out for updates in our email newsletters or on our social media channels.
If you’d like to be notified by email when future sessions are announced and made available to book online then please complete the expression of interest form below.