Get involved in athletics!
People with a disability are encouraged to come along once a week to Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne and participate in athletics, in a group environment to promote an active lifestyle for all.
The program is centred around a “Get Active and Get into Sport” philosophy. There is not emphasis on becoming an elite athlete or participating in sport on weekends, the program will aim to show people with a disability that they are still able to be active and participate in sport, and hopefully, open up a some avenues that the participants and their families would otherwise not have been aware of.
There is no commitment and minimum attendance requirements; participants can come as often or as little as they wish, the program will also be aimed at assisting people with a disability with social integration and health and wellbeing. Participants do not need any sporting history, and it caters for all disability groups.
Participants will receive coaching in athletics fundamentals in a fun group environment. Please note the group size may vary from week to week ranging from anywhere from 1 participant onwards.
Athletics Victoria provides an inclusive streamlined competition program that creates opportunities for para-athletes at club through to state level and, a pathway to national competition.
Further Athletics Victoria with support from Athletics Australia is able to provide equipment for athletes who would normally not have the access or facilities to try a sport or discipline. For further information contact Brett Watton at Athletics Australia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register or to find out more, contact Brett Watton at Athletics Australia.
Those athletes wishing to compete in para-athlete categories are required to have an eligible classification under the rules of Athletics Australia. To start the processes athletes will be required to submit interest in attending a ‘Get Classified’ day.
Register your details via the Athletics Australia website after checking the up coming ‘Get Classified’ Days by clicking here.
Alternatively contact Sean Whipp at Athletics Victoria, email@example.com or (03) 8646 4500.
To compete in AV recognised competition you must registered with a Club and Athletics Victoria.
New and looking for a club? Check out the club finder page by clicking here.
Next step is to create a profile and register as a member, all the information you need can be found here: http://athsvic.org.au/get-involved/clubsmembership/.
Now that you have been classified and found a club it’s time to get active and compete. Athletics Victoria offers a range of opportunities for para-athletes. Through our grassroots competition AV Shield (Zone v Zone), AV Knockout, XCR Series and State Championships competition is available across our summer and winter programs.
In Australia there are various national championships available to para-athletes;
Australian All Schools Athletics Championships – The national championships for school students conducted annually in December. This is a teams event where athletes represent their state member association. Please contact your state Member Association for more information on team selection.
Australian Junior Championships – The national championships for all registered members under the age of 20 across Australia. This event occurs annually at the end of March following on from each Member Associations state junior championships event. Entries for this event are also taken through your state membership association, please contact them directly for more information.
Australian Open Championships – The Australian Open Championships are run and conducted annually in March/April by Athletics Australia. It is the final event of the Australian track & field season. The event is conducted as an open age event and entries are taken directly through Athletics Australia, for more information please view our Events section.