Para-athletics has been contested at the Paralympic Games since the first Games, in Rome, Italy in 1960.
Para-athletics is comprised of Track and Field events and is open to athletes with a physical, intellectual or vision impairment.
On the track, athletes race over 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m and 10000m, 4x100m and 4x400m relays, marathons, either in standing events, using race wheelchairs or race running. In the field, standing throwers compete in the discus, shotput and javelin and seated throwers, who throw from a frame, throw the shotput, club, discus or javelin.
For more information on Para-athletics Eligibility and How to Get Involved please see the Para-athletics Information Sheet (PDF – 147KB) – updated August 2021.