Track & Field

  Track and Field is for athletes age eight and over with a physical disability.  Athletes are provided training, coaching and the opportunity to participate in competitions throughout the province at sanctioned indoor and outdoor meets. Events include throwing Shot-Put, Discus, Javelin or Club.  Athletes can throw from either a standing position or from a specially devised throw chair. Practices are held outdoors during the season. Athletes only compete against the same gender and disability class.    

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CRYSTA M'KEOWN
- Director of Track & Field - 
- Boccia - 

trackandfield@cruisers-sports.com

What is Para Track & Field?

Para-athletics, also known as Track and Field, is the largest competition at the Paralympic Games. In Track and Field, athletes from all disability categories are represented. Events are available for physical disabilities by classification in wheelchair, standing and athletes with visual impairments. Contested events are held in Track racing, throwing and jump by classification.  

The rules of Paralympic Track and Field are almost identical to those of its Olympic counterparts.  Allowances are made to accommodate certain disabilities.

cLASSIFICATION

Classes 11, 12 and 13 covers athletes with different levels of visual impairment.

Class 20 covers athletes with an intellectually disability.

Classes 32-38 covers athletes with different levels of cerebral palsy – both wheelchair (32-34) and ambulant (35-38)

Classes 40-46 covers ambulant athletes with different levels of amputations and other disabilities, including les Autres (i.e. Dwarfism) 

Classes 51-58 covers wheelchair athletes with different levels of spinal cord injuries and amputations.

EVENTS

Track events: Sprint (100m, 200m, 400m), Middle Distance (800m, 1500m), Long Distance (5,000m, 10,000m), and Relay races (4x100m, 4x400m)  

Road event: Marathon

Jumping events: High Jump, Long Jump, and Triple Jump

Throwing events: Discus, Shot Put, Club Throw and JaveliN

Combined events: Pentathlon (track and road events, jumping events, and throwing events, depending on the athletes' classification)

Length of season

Track and Field is held all year round.

Equipment

Many athletics require specific sports equipment for their events such as 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 and Throw Chairs are considered to be sports equipment in Track and Field events. Athletic wheelchairs tend to be very lightweight. The dimensions and features of wheelchairs and throw chairs 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.

MEETS

Cruisers host two outdoor Track and Field meets annually.  There are many other regional meets throughout the season.  If the athlete achieves qualification times and distances there are opportunities to participate in Provincial Championships, National Championships and Internationals which includes the World Championships and Paralympics. 

PRACTICES

  Outdoor season practices are provided 3 to 4 times a week in Brampton and Mississauga.  Practices are held for the indoor season on Sunday mornings at Variety Village in Toronto

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STEPHEN LEWIS SECONDARY SCHOOL
Thomas Street
Mississauga, ON
L5M 7E6 
 905-363-0289  

OUTDOOR SEASON
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 1:00pm

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FLOWER CITY COMMUNITY CAMPUS
  8850 McLaughlin Road
Brampton, ON
L6Y 5T1
905-874-2492

OUTDOOR SEASON
Tuesday and Thursdays 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday 11:00am to 1:00pm

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VARIETY VILLAGE
3701 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough, ON
M1N 2G2
416-699-7167

INDOOR SEASON
Sunday 9:00am to 12:00pm