Para Athletics webinar series

England Athletics, in partnership with British Athletics, is 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.

Wheelchair Racing – chair mechanics and maintenance: Wednesday 26 January 2022 (7:30-9pm)

With technical support from mechanics at Bromakin Wheelchairs, this session should appeal to coaches, plus athletes and their ‘support crew’ to ensure their racing equipment – from front to rear hubs – is kept in PB shape. We will cover the tool box, spare parts, common issues and preparing a chair for travel to competition.

Bromakin was founded in 1983 by GB Paralympian Peter Carruthers MBE, a plumber who was paralysed and keen to continue his sports. With his wife Sheila they started by adapting and then building chairs. This grew into a Loughborough based business supplying a range of sports wheelchairs to people of all levels, from recreational to international level. Recent innovations include the first Bromakin carbon racing chair.

Coaching input from Job King will ensure the content is relevant to the club environment, from chair safety for beginners to potential problem solving during a typical training session. And what to look for if a chair is crashed or damaged (hopefully not often!). Job is a coach at Coventry Godiva Harriers supporting athletes of all levels and works for British Athletics as a Paralympic Talent Development Coordinator.

Coming soon…

  • 9 February 2022 – Para Endurance 7:30pm – 9pm

Past Sessions

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)

LimbPower logoIn 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.

Session 3 – An Introduction to Wheelchair Racing

Click to watch recording via Athletics Hub (uploaded 10 October 2021)

This session, the first to follow on from the amazingness of the Tokyo Paralympics, provided an introduction to wheelchair racing, an overview of the history of the sport, general impairment information, equipment overview and some basic technical considerations.

The session, 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 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 4 – An Introduction to Para Sprints and Jumps

Click to watch recording via Athletics Hub (uploaded 8 November 2021)

This session covered the following areas:

  • A brief overview of the Para Pathway
  • Fundamentals of sprints and long jump
  • Sprints and jumps overview for Para-athletes including some basic mechanics
  • Sprints and long jump for different impairments groups
  • Q & A

Session 5 – An Introduction to Para Throws

Click to watch recording via Athletics Hub (uploaded 8 November 2021)

This session covered the following areas:

  • A brief overview of classification, general overview of rules and equipment for Para Throws
  • An overview of Ambulant Throws (Shot / Discus / Javelin)
  • An overview of Seated Throws
  • General Training and Inclusive Practice considerations.

Session 6 – Supporting Amputees to Learn to Run

Click to watch recording via Athletics Hub (uploaded 16 December 2021)

This session covered the following areas: LimbPower logo

  • Preparing beginner amputee runners to run (agility and balance, strength and conditioning)
  • Steps to running
  • Building confidence
  • Prosthetic considerations and understanding the impact on balance, energy expenditure, temperature etc
  • Top tips for leaders and coaches

Session 7 – Introduction to FrameRunning

Click to watch recording via Athletics Hub (uploaded 16 December 2021)

This session covered the following areas:

  • Introduction to FrameRunning
  • Overview / history / development / classifications
  • Getting started
  • Some basics of FrameRunning
  • Coaching Resources – what’s been developed so far and what is in development?

Session 7 – Wheelchair Racing and Athletics 365:

An introduction to Athletics 365 and the resources that have been created specifically for wheelchair racing. The session will also explore the key technical points for developing wheelchair racing and applying theory into practice.

The session was led by Paul Moseley (England Athletics Coaching Workforce Manager and Leeds City AC Wheelchair Racing Coach). Hannah Cockroft OBE joined Paul for a Q&A.

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.