Para Athletics webinar series

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!

The first two webinars in the series are due to take place in June and July of 2021 and will introduce Para Athletics, inclusion, understanding the impairment and the athlete, and also an introduction to working with amputee athletes.

Scroll down for session details and links to register free online.

Webinar topics

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
  • FrameRunning

Session 1 – An Introduction to Para Athletics

Tuesday 15 June (7.30pm-9pm) – click here to register free online

This first session in the series will look to provide an introduction to Para Athletics and including disabled athletes within athletics clubs and groups. The session will look to provide a basic understanding of impairments and also an understanding of para and disabled athletes. This first session will also look to discuss 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 will be 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

Tuesday 13 July (7.30pm-9pm) – click here to register free online

LimbPower logoIn partnership with LimbPower, this introductory session will support coaches who are interested in learning more about coaching a lower limb amputee in running or sprints. The session will cover types of prosthetics and running limbs, their componentry and the biomechanics of running with a prosthetic. The webinar will be delivered by Richard Nieveen and Alan McDougall.

About Richard Nieveen

Richard NieveenRichard Nieveen SRPros MBAPO, a Prosthetist and founder of ProActive Prosthetics founder, has a long career in delivering excellence and ‘Making More Possible’, the tag line of his successful prosthetic clinic. Richard has been at the cutting edge of prosthetic service delivery for most of his working life, pushing boundaries in professional issues and prosthetic rehabilitation.

His unyielding support of our Paralympians is underpinned by a passionate understanding of their needs and requirements and working in an environment that is able to deliver at the highest level.

Richard has worked with athletes over a number of sports and attended both the London 2012 Rio 2016 Paralympics, and will travel to Tokyo with Team GB this year

Competitive in his own sport, Richard connects with the need to drive and motivate in pursuit of personal excellence. In this seminar Richard can illustrate examples what is involved from a prosthetic perspective helping individuals in pursuit of their personal success.

About Alan McDougall

Alan McDougallAlan McDougall SRPros MBAPO, Clinic Manager at ProActive Prosthetics Ltd, is a highly skilled Prosthetist with 15 years of clinical experience in the field of prosthetics. During his career he has undertaken a variety of unique and interesting roles within the industry including Research & Development of new prosthetic product, and training and Education of other healthcare professionals. He has a passion for technology and how this can improve and aid prosthetic users.

Future Sessions

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.