Sports Summary

Athletics has been part of the Paralympic Games since 1960 and events are open to male and female athletes in all impairment groups eligible for Paralympic sport.

Athletes compete according to their functional classifications in each event and these events are continually being redefined to include as many athletes as possible.

Para-Athletics is governed internationally by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). In Australia, the Australian Paralympic Committee is the National Federation for the sport. Through a mainstreaming Agreement, the APC funds Athletics Australia to deliver the Paralympic Preparation Program.

Links

Athletics Australia

International Paralympic Committee – Athletics

Events & Disciplines

  • Track – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, 4X100m, 4X400m
  • Field – Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Club Throw, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump
  • Road – Marathon
  • Combined – Pentathlon

Classification

Who is eligible for Athletics? Athletes with a physical impairment, vision impairment or intellectual impairment.

What are the classes? Athletes are classified into classes depending on their functional ability. Athletes are given classifications with a prefix T or F to indicate the different events, T indicates track events and F indicates field events.

Athletes with a vision impairment
Athletes with an intellectual impairment
Athletes with a physical impairment

How do I get a classification? Find out more about seeking an Athletics Classification.

 

Australian Athletics Classification Masterlist

Rules & Equipment

Many athletics events require specific sports equipment for example, the discus, shot or javelin. In addition athletes may use certain assistive devices as specified in the IPC Athletics rules. This technology continues to advance at a rapid rate.

Wheelchairs are considered sports equipment in track and field events. Athletics wheelchairs tend to be very lightweight. The dimensions and features of wheelchairs are clearly specified in the IPC Athletics rules.

Prosthetic devices may be used by amputees. These have been specifically developed to withstand the demands of sports competition. IPC rules require the use of leg prostheses in track events; however, the use of prostheses in field events is optional.

Rope tethers or other devices may be used by runners with a visual impairment to link with their sighted guides. Acoustic devices (or a sighted “caller”) may be used to indicate take-off in jumping events, throwing target areas, etc.

Visit www.athletics.com.au/Officials/Resources for more information.

Medal History

Year Gold Silver Bronze total
2012 5 9 13 27
2008 10 9 7 26
2004 10 12 10 32
2000 35 15 16 66
1996 19 12 12 43
1992 13 15 12 40
1988 14 19 20 53
1984 17 19 22 58
1980 8 9 17 34
1976 7 11 5 23
1972 3 4 4 11
1968 7 7 5 19
1964 2 3 0 5
1960 0 4 1 5
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Meet the 2016 Paralympic athletics Team

For further information about this sport and how to get involved please contact the National or your State Federation below

Athletics Australia
athletics.org.au

Queensland Athletics
qldathletics.org.au

Athletics North Queensland
athleticsnorthqld.org.au

Northern Territory Athletics
ntathletics.org.au

Athletics South Australia
athleticssa.com.au

Athletics New South Australia
nswathletics.org.au

Athletics Tasmania
tasathletics.org.au

Athletics Victoria
athsvic.org.au

Athletics Western Australia
waathletics.org.au

Australian Capital Terrioty Athletics
athleticsact.org.au