Disciplines

Athletes who compete in a wheelchair

Description

There are 11 different classifications for athletes who compete from a seated position (4 wheelchair racing classes, 7 seated throwing classes). Events in wheelchair athletics include: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, marathon, shot put, discus, javelin, and club throw. There is a different offering of events for the various classes, with both track and field events offered for every classification. Wheelchair athletics can be broken down into two main categories: (1) wheelchair racing; and (2) seated throws, which are described below:

Wheelchair Racing (T51-54)
Wheelchair racers compete on the track and road in their racing chairs. Racing chairs are engineered for speed and as such they are light and aerodynamic. Much like an everyday chair, athletes will sit differently in their racing chairs depending on their function and what position is most conducive to going fast. For example, athletes without core function will sit in a more upright position with their feet on a footplate. Athletes who have the use of their core will sit with their feet tucked underneath them. Racers wear specific racing gloves and propel their chairs by punching the push rim. Hand speed is paramount as it enables the racer to pick up the speed of their chair and maintain it.


Seated Throws (F51-57)
Seated throwers train much the same as their able bodied teammates, with the difference that they compete from a seated position. A throwing circle can be augmented to allow for seated throws without impacting able bodied athletes. This allows for ambulatory throwers and seated throwers to train and compete alongside one another. Click link below for more information on how to execute seated throwing in an integrated training environment.

Last Tweet

@AthleticsCanada
More Tweets

AC on Instagram

  • #ACTBT to 1993 with Olympic and 2-time 🌎 Championship 🥇, Glenroy Gilbert. Read more about how Glenroy is contributing to the future of 🇨🇦track and field at Athletics.ca  #tbt #throwbackthursday #runnerspace #instarunner #trackandfield #athletics #canada
  • Between stations for #actf2017 media day @sekou_kaba overcomes the O in #Ottawa2017 #hurdles
  • Only 2 weeks out from #ACTF2017. @melissacorinneb & @sekou_kaba are out spreading the word about the event. Check out the link in our bio to buy 🎟, register to 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏾 and learn about the event.
  • #Repost @diamondleagueathletics
・・・
🎤 9.69 windy... how fast can @de6rasse go at his next meet?
.
.
.
#StockholmDL #RoadToTheFinal #DiamondLeague
  • #StockholmDL 200m: 22.69 out of Lane 2 😱 & so close to the win for Crystal Emmanuel (@crysyboo)
  • Round & round he goes... #Repost @timmaythrows
・・・
Slowly coming. 20.73. All throws over 20 again. Nationals in a few weeks hoping to better this. Off to some discus ! #athleticscanada #shotput #nike
  • Check out our #NEW arrivals www.Shop.Athletics.ca – including tees, hoodies and track jackets for both men and women. #TrackSpikes #Canada #ACGear ••• Venez voir nos #NOUVEAUX articles sur www.Shop.Athletics.ca – t-shirts, kangourous et survêtements pour hommes et femmes #TrackSpikes #Canada #VêtementsAC
  • Andre @De6rasse wins 2nd Diamond League race of 2017 running 10.01 in Oslo. (🎥: @rc_sports)
  • #Repost @speedrivertfc
・・・
The big meet is here!  Speed River Inferno tonight at Alumni Stadium. Tickets $15 at the gate. If you can't be in Guelph, watch live on AthleticsCanada.tv #over20Olympians #speedriverinferno #guelph #trackandfield #worldclass #running #athleticscanada #athleticsontario
  • #ACTBT to Lynn Kanuka-Williams at the 1983 World Championships. She would finish 10th in Helsinki and come back the next year to win the Olympic 🥉 bronze at 3000-metres.  #tbt #throwbackthursday #runnerspace #instarunner #trackandfield #athletics #canada
  • @melissacorinneb showing that track & field athletes can be both fast & fashionable. 📸:@alvarogoveia
  • Shoe ❤️ is true ❤️! Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 #TeamCanada running shoes, now only $100 (plus FREE shipping in 🇨🇦): Shop.Athletics.ca ... Aimer… jusqu’aux souliers! ❤️ Souliers de course Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 #ÉquipeCanada, maintenant $100 (livraison GRATUITE au 🇨🇦): Shop.Athletics.ca
  • #Repost @ehr_borne
・・・
Jumping into this week like... 😏😎 #showtime
  • He’s not the greatest runner, but he’s the best #TrackDad you could ask for! Spoil him with 25% off men’s clothing Shop.Athletics.ca

Discount code: ACDAD ••• Peut-être pas le meilleur coureur, mais le meilleur #PapaAthlétisme de votre vie! Gâtez-le et profitez de 25 % d’escompte sur les vêtements pour hommes Shop.Athletics.ca

Code d’escompte : ACDAD
  • ICYMI: Watch how @jaimiephelan won her #ncaatf 1500-metre yesterday at Hayward Field.
More moments

Visit our E-store

Follow us!